The Desolation of Smaug
It is strange for me now thinking back on all the second installments in movies. Perhaps it is better to think back on those that really mattered. When I was all of 5 years of age, I had no idea that The Empire Strikes Back was chapter two with a third slated to arrive. The story told there ended and a new chapter needed to take place. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is actually a prequel, but it never really matters to the other two (yes I said TWO) Indiana Jones films, in the context of one all encompassing saga. I not even going to dredge up the Star Wars prequels. I think it all comes down to The Lord of the R tommy hilfiger uk ings: The Two Towers. It set a great precedent that is very hard to follow. It established new characters, was its own story, left you wanting so much more, and yet still completely satisfied. It prequel trilogy, The Hobbit, attempts this repeat, but something is missing.
When I sat down, again, to watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I was completely jazzed to get back to Middle Earth. This time, it was only my second trip back for the sequel. The holidays were just too full of films to see, which is strange because I saw LOTR: The Two Towers twice in the same day. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was just different and exhausting. The cliff hanger tommy hilfiger uk leaves us so unsatisfied, which is strange because we knew going in that there was still another tale to be told. This film also felt a tad bloated, whereas the LOTR films, theatrically, never felt that way. The barrel chase was fun, but it was seriously closing in on Matrix Reloaded territory. What was so different here? So many things are exactly the same, yet not.
The parallel to be made is that at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring our band of heroes gets separated. They suffer a tragic loss and move in different directions. Each of their stories take them on journey where their characters have to evolve. Here the Dwarves and Bilbo don get separated until the every end. Now this might have something to do with The Hobbit going from two films to three. Was it really necessary to go to the well three times? I think it was, but initially the script didn work that way. On a whole it won really matter, but as its own story, I felt as if The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is incomplete. What was this story about? When we get down to to it, its about obsession and Thorin (Richard Armitage) quest to get back what was taken from him. Yet on the verge of his Evil Frodo moment, we are slapped in the face with this huge dragon and little to dwell on. Where was that uneasiness that this might not all work out? That everyone and everything is at stake? The Two Towers had that uneasiness, despite so many good things falling into place. With The Desolation of Smaug ending, I guess I just really need December 17th (253 Days) to get here quickly.
The film is still fun despite my bitching and complaining. I have to remind myself that Ian McKellen (Patrick Stewart best buddy) is under all that hair and make up because Gandalf is so very real to me. Being a huge fan of Sherlock, this film is a satisfying tommy hilfiger uk replacement in seeing Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch to do their thing. The biggest surprise to me is Evangeline Lilly Tauriel. I know she is not a character from the books, but damn if I didn see something in her performance that I never saw in her on LOST. Thank the gods she is in Marvel Ant Man!
There will be another release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug coming this fall. You know that, I know that, hell, New Line certainly knows that. Enjoy this one for the time being, despite the unsatisfying storyline.
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