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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


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ISHAN RAYCHAUDHURI | New Delhi, December 20, 2013 11:41
Tags : The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug |Peter Jackson |Martin Freeman | Ian McKellen | Benedict Cumberbatch | Orlando Bloom | Richard Armitage |

The dwarves along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. If you have seen the first one you already know the characters and thus no time is wasted on introductions and niceties in this one. Dropping you straight into action, it keeps you gripped right till the cliffhanger ending almost three hours later.
The first part earned over 1 billion USD and this one will be no different. It is all dragons this time. Smaug is treated with the same amount of special effect wizardry as Gollum was treated with in the Lord of the Rings saga. Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays the brilliant Sherlock on BBC) voices him quite scarily.
What really sets this one apart is the sheer sense of grandeur going along with it. The whole idea that Bilbo has to leave behind everything and slog through mountains and forests in his quest, reminds us a bit of what we should perhaps be doing.
Peter Jackson as always keeps an extraordinary eye on fine details and that transforms to create a setting which is difficult not to believe in. Visual effects are second to none and there is a far stronger momentum ushering the film forwards. Tolkien aficionados might feel a bit uncomfortable but it is for the best that a few parts were skipped and perhaps a few more should have been too as it is virtually impossible to keep everything in the film and yet package it into a 3 hour saga.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins is phenomenal. The instantly likeable persona which we first saw in BBC’s The Office comes out again, boosted by his growing skills as an actor. With every word, gesture and expression Martin shows just how into the character he is. It is also a difficult role to play as he has to steadily demonstrate his growing complex relation with the ring.
This is definitely one of the best films of this year. Don’t miss it.

Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage


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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017