The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Released: December 13, 2013
I am not a Hobbit fanatic, but I know greatness when I see it; and this film is beautiful and bold. This creation under the direction of Peter “The Lord of the Rings” Jackson is fun and fanciful even if you’ve never heard of The Hobbit. But of course, you have heard of The Hobbit as it is a part of the American culture and is a delight to see the trilogy brought to life in the movies. How bold? “…if you awaken that beast, it will destroy us all…” And “…you have no right to enter that mountain…I have the only right….” Jackson and three others are given writing credits for a film that must provide a script with integrity in order to satisfy its most ardent fans. (See Karl B. below.) No need for apologies; the words spoken by these wonderful characters meets the Hobbit standards. The studio claims the storyline as: “The dwarves, along and Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and Gandalf the Grey, (Ian MeKellen) continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug….” I cannot improve on that description, but I know someone who could recite each verse and was my rare companion at a movie screening. With that, here is my brother-in-law Karl B:
The Hobbit December 4, 2013, Edwards Marq*E Stadium 23 @ 1:00 PM I had a unique opportunity today to tag along with Larry H, movie critic extraordinaire, to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in 3-D. Thanks again Larry for such a wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity. Larry and a small cadre of similar film aficionados who all knew each other were at the theater today to do business: watch the Hobbit. As many fans of Larry H’s reviews will note, there is a certain decorum observed in watching films. Today was no different – Larry had an aisle seat with his popcorn and Mr. Pibb; a seat separated us. It was amazing watching the master(s) at work – both Larry and Peter Jackson. I think Larry said it best when walking out of the theater – “Peter the Great” has returned. Peter Jackson (and yes, there’s a very obvious cameo near the beginning of the film) has crafted an excellent sequel. Never mind that there are subplots and characters added well outside the boundary of the actual book; this movie flows along well for its 180 minutes without few hitches or lulls. The ending of this particular segment of the trilogy came upon us with stealth and surprise. It leaves the gentle viewer ready to see the third movie out next month instead of this time next year. For the fans of beloved characters and actors of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Ian McKellen does his usual superb job as Gandalf. In this film we see a great deal of a younger and feistier Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Well done, Brother-in-Law. Rock ‘n Roll. Score – 95. Karl B. Grade 90. Larry H.