Watching one of your all time favourite books transformed into a spectacular adventure that mirrors almost every word gives you a real kick and a half. ‘The Hobbit‘ is a book that reads like a live adventure and is so engrossing that the reader is made to be a part of the band of hunters seeking their goal. I felt every bit of the adventure in this novel and when Peter Jackson announced that this one small book would be transformed into three movies, I knew his attention to detail would be impeccable. I watched the first part ‘The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey‘ in December 2012 and I found it a bit too slow. It dragged on a bit too much and lacked the punch that the novel held. Maybe Peter Jackson’s attention to details was a bit too much here, I thought.
Come April 2014 and I get my hands on a fine HD quality print of the second part in the series ‘The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug‘. And I forgive Peter Jackson for all his trespasses in his past movies ’cause the second part really took off and made my day. It’s not about the action, but the environment and mood that the director creates. It’s so full of classic adventure, yet you do not feel tired of it. It’s fun, it’s suspenseful and above all it’s entertaining. While darker and sombre in its mood, ‘Desolation of Smaug’ is a wonderful tribute to the creative landscape of Peter Jackson and the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness where this has been shot. The cast is up to speed with the vision of the novel and bring to life J.R.R. Tolkien‘s journey from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain.
Never a dull moment, the epic adventure ends abruptly with the viewer asking for more. I definitely can’t wait to watch the final version of this trilogy. One of the highlights of this movie was Smaug. In line with the title, Benedict Cumberbatch does away with his Sherlockian finery and through the wonders of motion capture, gets into the guise of the dragon. It’s cold, it’s hammy, but it’s wonderful watching the tete-a-tete with the thief Bilbo Baggins. And it’s Sherlock vs. Watson here, if you know what I mean.