The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Year Released: 2013
Main Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt
Last watched: January 2014
Review Date: January 2014
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: IMAX 3D

Better than the first one but still an hour too long. Peter Jackson is being given too much indulgence. The story is one for a single movie, let a lone three. Too much time in barrels in this one. Lots of extra characters and side-line plots to string the whole thing out and allow the connection to the Lord of the Rings movies. You’ll be bored, honestly.

On the other hand you’ll also be watching it since this is a world that doesn’t just exist in the film but also comes alive and starts to exist in real life, just out of reach. The scenery is stunning and well filmed, the characters are completely believable – you never question any of them – and the interwoven scenes flow without a hitch.

Obviously the effects are wonderful. I watched the IMAX since this is the best experience to use in cinemas and it was awe-fecking-some. the 3D adds an element of depth that goes further than a few bees and axes flying towards you, it’s like a pop-up book when you’re a kid. Some films do it well, others don’t. Hobbit part 2 does it well.

Both myself and the wife agreed that we spent a lot of time looking out for mistakes in the continuity of the small dwarves, hobbits versus the larger elves and humans. Most of the time it worked. One time – the hands – it didn’t. Overall there wasn’t any reason to complain though.

Knowing the story is a bit of a hindrance as you can see it being pulled and teased as well as down-right flaunted but again it was the length that pulled chunks of respect away from the production. To think there is another one coming as well is not a pretty thought. I’ll go see it, don’t get me wrong, I’m a geek that way. However Pete has lost a lot of kudos for his lack of editing and if it wasn’t a Tolkien film, I’d think about giving it a miss.
Keep DVD?
Yes. Have to, it’s the Hobbit.

Watch if on TV?
Yes. Have to, it’s the Hobbit.

Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. Look, it goes on for too long. It gets boring. This is a snog, not a marry. 

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