Wednesday is usually the day I review a movie as part of a debate series that I have with movie guru, Matt Leonard.
A couple of weeks ago we reviewed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey though it wasn’t much of a debate. Matt and I both agreed that the movie was a snoozefest and a greedy attempt by Peter Jackson and MGM / New Line Cinemas / WingNut Films to maximise their revenue by splitting a 95,000 words book (approx. 300 pages) into three films!
To avoid being a hypocrite, unlike Jackson who made the sequel a bladder challenging 2 hours and 41 minutes long (bladder challenging especially if you made the mistake of ordering the large soda to go with your caramel popcorn), I’m going to keep my take on Part 2 of the trilogy short and sweet.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” suffers from many of the problems of Part 1, the biggest of which is that it is way too long. Other issues it shares with its predecessor: it is CGI heavy; it comes across as a children’s movie; though it is slightly darker than the first (having a PG-13 rating to the PG rating of Part 1) some scenes seem straight from a Disney movie (e.g. Legolas barrel and dwarf head hopping as he chases the orcs down the river).
Other things I didn’t like:
- the love triangle between Tauriel, Legolas, and Kili seems contrived;
- the scale of Smaug and the Dwarf Hall…I think they are a bit too big to be believable;
- the fight between Smaug and the Dwarves; I found it a bit cheesy; Smaug being attracted / dazzled by the giant gold statue; then buried in the molten gold; I don’t buy it.
Things I loved:
- Sauron vs. Gandalf, though it’s hard to fathom why Sauron did not kill Gandalf once he broke through his white light magic barrier and burned away his staff; the only explanation is that Sauron deliberately kept Gandalf alive to set a trap for the White Council (and Galadriel in particular) should they come to rescue him;
- The pupil of Smaug’s eyes having the shape of Sauron; I found this pretty cool as it suggests that Smaug is under Sauron’s control or influence at least;
- I just love Cumberbatch as Smaug; sorry, I guess I have a bit of a man crush on Cumberbatch ever since Sherlock;
- the dialogue between Bilbo and Smaug is fun;
- Martin Freeman as Bilbo;
What did you think? Comment below and let me know.