Whoa, it has been exactly A YEAR since the first installment of The Hobbits trilogy hit theater with its first chapter “The Hobbits : The Unexpected Journey”. You guys can refer to my review jotted back on 13th December 2012 (https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/namarie-the-premiere-of-the-hobbits-the-unexpected-journey/). Amazing! That’s why I love blogging! So now a year later, is the second installment entitled “The Hobbits : The Desolation of Smaug” is here and YES, in the same place which is Jitra Mall and with Kord as well! Hahaha! Well, talk about our year-end activities, no? (,”)
The film poster.
The saga adventures of the dwarves continued led by Thorin Oakenshield and with the young Bilbo Baggins tagging along, the journey was somewhat more exciting especially when The Ring found by Baggins kept whispering enticingly to lure the hearts of the faint ones. This time, to reach the Lonely Mountain, the entourage had to go through Mirkwood, which happened to be the place of the Wood-Elves, ruled by The ElvenKing, Thranduil who happened to be the father of Legolas Greenleaf. After a series of dramatic escapes from Mirkwood, the entourage reached the Lake-Town which is not far from the Lonely Mountain where Smaug, the last Middle-Earth dragon dwell and guarding the treasures and golds jealously.
Thorin Oakwood and his dwarves entourage.
Bilbo Baggins. Awwwh…don’t you think that is cute? (,”)
Now, what do I think about the movie? Basically, I enjoyed it perhaps because I am a Middle-Earth freak so it could be jeopardized by bias here. The story line was OK since it is the second installment of a trilogy; so it’s like you reel a movie to the halfway storyline; nevertheless you can still grasp the gist. The principal shooting location is breathtaking as usual (I mean, it’s New Zealand! Hello??!) and the CGIs are equally impressive to accentuate the magical in it. It makes you wanting to go back to New Zealand, you know!
Legolas Greenleaf. Sorry to his fan; but I think age has caught up with Orlando Bloom? Well, we all do… (,”)
Tauriel, The Chief of Guards for Mirkwood ElvenKing, Thranduil. – The creation of film producer, Peter Jackson and the scriptwriters.
The ElvenKing, Thranduil; ruler of Mirkwood, father of Legolas Greenleaf. How come the father looks younger than the son? Hahaa!
Anyway, I knew the rationale of Peter Jackson to introduce his own created female Elf character, Tauriel is to balance up with the predominantly male casts but to have Evangeline Lily as an Elf? I don’t know, but I am not a fan. I thought she lacks the elegance and poise to carry the elf character unlike Liv Tyler & Cate Blanchett. Well, I know the reason is that because Tauriel is a Silvan Elf – which is absolutely the lower rank of the Higher Elves like Galadriel or Arwen but I just don’t like seeing Evangeline Lily as Elf. LMAO! AND, this time around, you all get to see Elves becoming more vile and uncouth – a far cry from their ethereally serene characterizations in previous films – (NOTE : The ElvenKing : Thranduil. WICKED!); perhaps due to the idea that Wood-Elves are differed from the elves of Lothlorien & Rivendell; as per statement made by one of the screenwriters; Phillipa Boyens :-
“The Woodland Elves in this are different to the other Elves we’ve met. They’re not like the Elves of Rivendell. They’re not like the Elves of Lothlorien. Once we took a deep breath and said, “We’re going to do this,” we wanted to make sure that it didn’t feel jarring, that the character felt like she belonged there. Then we had to find the actress to play her. It’s very hard to find Elves, I’ll be honest with you. They’re supposed to be these gloriously beautiful creatures, but then you also have a world that’s already been established with people like Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving. There’s a stillness about them, a watchfulness about them, an etherealness about them. They’ve got to be graceful, but we also knew that we wanted this particular character to be a Silvan elf – there’s a difference between Silvan Elves of the woods and what Tolkien refers to as the High Elves, which is someone like Galadriel. She’s a little bit more earthy. “
The beautiful heart of Mirkwood; the home of the Wood-Elves whereas the whole Mirkwood is dying due to Sauron’s evil doings.
All in all, I guess the star of the show would be Benedict Cumberbatch who voiced the evil dragon Smaug with his deep ferocious voice – he really gave the credibility to the uncouth antagonist, you know! Well done! Howard Shore, as usual has his own magical touch on the score and musical arrangement.
Smaug, the last of Middle-Earth dragon. Keeper of the treasures in Lonely Mountain! I thought Cumberbatch did a great job!
Above all, I give 4 stars out of 5, perhaps due to some inevitable biases. I can’t help being a Middle-Earth freak! (,”)
One for the album, y’all – Dated 12th December 2013; 29 years old.