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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

14 Dec

The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugI went to see The Desolation of Smaug at the cinema yesterday, and I absolutely loved it! I am a huge fan of the Tolkien-universe, I read the books every year, watch Lord of the Rings Extended Edition about 2-3 times a year and love to discuss the “fandom” online, so of course I’ve been eagerly anticipating the second Hobbit movie for a while now. And I was not let down. As a book reader, of course there were things I missed and that I had pictured differently, but I’ve accepted that that’s how it is with book to film adaptations, and I didn’t ruin my experience at all. I actually found The Desolation of Smaug a tad better than An Unexpected Journey, the flow  and the feel of the picture was just a bit more “together” if that makes sense.

I thought I’d put together a list of what I really liked, what I miss from the book and what I didn’t quite like, instead of writing a full review. Some minor spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie yet, but nothing major 🙂

What I really liked:
Absolutely LOVED Smaug, and Benedict Cumberbatch did such a brilliant voice job! The animation is very smooth and realistic, the dragon is impressive, fierce and terrifying. The dialogue between Bilbo and Smaug is superb, very well written and acted!
-Tauriel. I was pleasantly surprised, as she is a character created for the movies, and I didn’t expect to like her, but I did, even though I’m not overly fond of how her character is being used (see dislikes). She is a very charming elf, and a badass fighter.
-Showing what Gandalf is up to when he’s not with the dwarf company. Makes it easier for non-readers to connect the happenings in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and it gives Gandalf more screen, which is a good thing.
-The barrel escape/race/fight. It was over the top, it was completely unrealistic, it used cheap humour and it was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I want to watch that part again please!

What I missed from the book:
Introducing the dwarves to Beorn! It’s my favorite scene from the book, and I was really looking forward to seeing it on screen, so I was quite disappointed when they chose to portray it in a completely different way. It all happened to quickly I think, and I don’t think non-readers will remember much about Beorn at all after seeing the film. Mikael Persbrandt is a fine actor, but he didn’t have much to work with as Beorn, his character was sadly neglected. Shame.
-Nothing else really 🙂

What I didn’t really like:
-Using Tauriel’s character as a way of introducing more romance in the film.
Completely unnecessary! Why is it that when a new female character is introduced, she has to be linked to some romance plot?
-Stephen Fry. God, it pains me to write this as I ADORE Stephen Fry, but I just don’t feel he fit this role, it was quite distracting actually. Please don’t shoot me 😦
-Azog. You’re annoying, please go away.