Date Posted: 2013-12-21
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
The Desolation of Smaug is a cinematic achievement, it is one notch up from An Unexpected Journey and it takes us on a wild, unforgettable journey. It's story may not compare with the graver more serious tone of The Lord of the Rings but in truth, The Hobbit is a superior series in terms of cinematic vision.
We cannot not resist such a return to middle earth. Never mind it's near three hour running time, snobby critics may complain of it and also of its amount of CGI imagery, and even of the additions that are not found on the book, but Jackson weaves all these seamlessly into an entertaining piece of filmmaking. We need to understand that the film makers did not set out to just make a "Hobbit" movie, but a prequel that would point toward the conflicts seen in The Lord of the rings, when keeping this in mind, one can understand the new additions and story changes that where required when adapting the story to film. Had Jackson made just a "Hobbit" movie, we would have missed out on all of the current surprises and insights into the character development of the main players. I'm glad Jackson decided to do it this way and to leave us in such a cliffhanger of a finale, The Desolation of Smaug ends with a tug on your neck screaming at you: "come and watch me again next year!" Watch it twice or thrice if needed, the best film of the year in my opinion and I don't say this just because I'm a Tolkien fan, it is because looking beyond its beautiful imagery and effects and spectacle, it managed to trap my emotions. Spectacular!
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