It has been a long year for me, waiting to see the 2nd part of The Hobbit. I read the book many years ago and loved the first film. The scenery and characters were exactly like I had imagined them. The Lord of The Rings trilogy are some of my favourite films and I enjoyed finding the links between them. And there are plenty here!
This is the first time you get to see real interaction with the dragon Smaug, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Like with Smeagol’s character, he is very believable that he is on screen with the human actors. Though the CGI was let down in a few areas of the film and it didnt take a keen eye to notice them. Again Gandolf, Bilbo and all the dwarfs are fantastic in their individual parts and make a memorable team.
Originally the film was meant to be made in to two parts. But it seems Peter Jackson wanted to expand on the story to make it a trilogy. He would also take this opportunity to connect it more to the 2nd film. This was noticeable in the form of Orlando Bloom, Legolas. I am sure he had a small part in the book but it was a main character in the film. One of the best scenes was the drarvfs escaping in the barrels from the orcs. This time around Legolas was helping them in what turned out to be an epic action scene. There were many more scenes with Legolas added. This didn’t spoil the film but dramatically changed to original story. Another big change was the introduction of the elf Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly. This character wasn’t in the book at all. Apparently as well as expanding the story, they wanted to add another female character as it is a predominately male cast.
Like in the originally trilogy there are many parts of this film which are rushed and parts of the books that are left out. I am still annoyed by the massive end change to The Return of the King. If you are looking for a word for word comparison then you will definitely not find it here. But you have had three films already to be prepared for this.
New bits added, old bit missing, I still really enjoyed the film and highly recommend it for any Lord of the Rings fans. As long as you see it along side the original Hobbit film, this is a great trilogy to start. Just be aware that it is going to be a another long year until the final film, The Hobbit : There And Back Again.
SydneySocial101 gives The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug an exciting 8.5 / 10. Another must-see at the IMAX.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” has launched straight to the top of the Australian Box Office with an outstanding opening day figure of $5,465,000. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is the second film in Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy, based on the timeless novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and is the second biggest Boxing Day opening of all time.
The first film in the Trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” became the biggest Australian Boxing Day release in motion picture history, taking $5.925m on its opening day. The film went on to gross $42.987m in Australia and a billion dollars worldwide.
Shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was released in Australian cinemas on 629 screens including High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select cinemas, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®.
Roadshow Films Managing Director Joel Pearlman said that for a huge number of Australians, “The Hobbit” films have become appointment viewing on Boxing Day. “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues Peter Jackson’s brilliant interpretation of these wonderful books, and the second film in the Trilogy will unquestionably be one of the major box office draws of the summer holidays.”
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett and Lawrence Makoare.
The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” opened in Australian cinemas on December 26, 2013 and is rated M. The third film in the trilogy “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” will open in Australian cinemas on December 26, 2014