The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

From The Movie Snob.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug  (B).  Well, I feel like I liked this movie better than I liked the first installment of The Hobbit, but I see now that I gave both movies a “B.”  Of course, the movie is way too long, at 2 hours and 41 minutes, but the events and incidents seem weightier than the ones that crowded the first movie.  Part of the padding is that Peter Jackson shows what happens when Gandalf (Ian McKellen, Gods and Monsters) goes off alone to confront an evil sorcerer called “the Necromancer,” which as I recall happens entirely “off-stage” in the novel.  But the main story is still about a small band of dwarves wanting to take their ancestral kingdom under The Lonely Mountain back from Smaug, the terrifying dragon that occupied it some decades ago.  Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, The World’s End) proves himself invaluable as their hired thief.  Smaug is a pretty impressive feat of CGI (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, 12 Years a Slave).  And I have no quarrel with the casting of the lovely Evangeline Lilly (The Hurt Locker) as non-Tolkien character Tauriel the Elf Warrior.  But the movie certainly could have been shorter.

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5 comments on “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  1. […] the mood. I like Ralph Fiennes (The Reader), Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential), and Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as much as the next person, but their appearances didn’t help the cinema verite […]

  2. […] order of business is to see what happens when Smaug the dragon (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) attacks the human settlement of Laketown.  Then there’s a lull in the action while the forces […]

  3. […] to see the 1995 BBC production starring Kate Beckinsale (The Last Days of Disco) and Ian McKellan (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), of all […]

  4. […] now he gets to play a Marvel superhero opposite Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).  Admittedly, their characters spend their scenes together sparring instead of smooching, but […]

  5. […] Black Panther (C).  I don’t know, maybe it’s just comic-book-movie fatigue, but this flick left me feeling like I’d just watched a 135-minute-long video game.  Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War) stars as King T’Challa of the poor African nation of Wakanda.  Only it’s not really poor; it’s sitting on a mountain of an alien metal called vibranium and has mastered all sorts of advanced technology, including some sort of cloaking device to conceal it all from the outside world.  But bad guys in the outside world are trying to get a hold of some vibranium, so T’Challa (who is also superhero Black Panther) and a few sidekicks leave Wakanda to stop them.  And then they have to deal with another bad guy after the first bad guys.  It all felt so weightless that I just couldn’t bring myself to care about any of it.  Also stars Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and features Angela Bassett (How Stella Got Her Groove Back), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One), and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). […]

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