There were many filmmakers who envied Peter Jackson and there will be many more. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a cinematic experience to be rued forever if missed. The first was an experience as well, but this is better. The quest to reclaim a homeland and slay a dragon is beyond enticing each second. And then finally we do get enough to worship the creature we were seduced with in the first part.
Bilbo Baggins, our cherished hobbit, has ultimately become a significant member of the quest headed by Thorin Oakenshield and ghost-headed by Gandalf the Grey. Together our beloveds embark on a journey sprinkled with increasing Orcs throughout. There is a skin-changer. There are weird spiders. And then there are the Elves ruled by Thranduil. Tauriel is the only girl in the film, and is a beauty indeed. Legolas’ arrows are still captivating. The escape cum river cum river bank cum waterfall sequence is worth whistling. Gandalf’s epic face-off with the Enemy is surprising. Finally the advent of the dragon Smaug sends chills across the theater.
Martin Freeman just like his character never ceases to amuse us with his performance. Although Ian McKellen once again emerges favourite as Gandalf. Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) does catch our eyes, being the only lady onboard. Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Ken Scott (Balin) are also poignant. Benedict Cumberbatch (voice of Smaug) will always be special to give the greedy Sherlock fans their two stars in a frame.
Peter Jackson’s direction will be eulogised till the end of all times. The screenplay writers Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro have outdone every living screenplay writer. The real immortal is J.R.R. Tolkien whose antique novel is the heart of venture. The 160 minute film has a better pace than its predecessor, courtesy of the brilliant editing involved. A special salute to the entire team for filming the entire trilogy together and taking film production to its novel epitome. The 3D is mesmerizing and has to be watched to be believed.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is worth the wait. The writing, visuals and performances are scintillating to the core. It’s a must watch. Ironically, one cannot wait for the final chapter!