The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
I went into Desolation of Smaug with caution. After all, Unexpected Journey let me down quite a lot. There were a lot of problems I was worried would carry over. Some did, but some were fixed, making this a solid effort at an epic fantasy, even though it still pales in comparison to its big trilogy brother.
I think this time I’m going to shorten things up by putting my thoughts in bullet form.
- The first hour or so has some realy bad pacing and editing which carried over from the first film.
- The barrel chase sequence was simply awesome. Very adventurous and fun as well as an inventive action set piece.
- A romance between a dwarf and an elf? Really? Come on!!
- Martin Freeman was really coming into his own as Bilbo in this one. Very believable.
- Is it just me or is anyone else getting sick and tired of orc attacks?
- Smaug. Simply awesome. Design, dialogue, personality, the overall effect. Awesome.
- Not a big fan of the cliffhanger ending. At least the original trilogy was still able to wrap up their current storylines and give some closure.
- Laketown looked cool. Bard and his kids were less cool.
- The HFR was even more noticeable this time around.
- Did I mention Smaug was awesome?
Overall, its an improvement over the first Hobbit, but still doesn’t reach the heights of the Lord of the Rings.