Monday, 13 January 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review (Updated)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Release Date: 26th December 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
New Line Cinema
WingNut Films

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 161 minutes

Budget: $225,000,000

Box Office Gross: $958,366,855

Plot Summary
Continuing on their epic quest
of adventure to bring back
the lost Dwarf Kingdom of
Erebor. Bilbo Baggins
accompanied by the wizard
Gandalf and his thirteen
Dwarf allies, led by Thorin
Oakenshield are journeying
through track of peril and
must go to the dragon
Smaug, who still conquers
their rightful home. In order
to reclaim it, they must defeat
and slay Smaug and avoid
many obstacles as they pass.

Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen - Gandalf the Grey
Benedict Cumberbatch -
Smaug/The Necromancer (Voice)
Orlando Bloom - Legolas
Evangeline Lilly - Tauriel
Luke Evans - Bard the Bowman
Stephen Fry - Master of Laketown
Cate Blanchett - Galadriel
Mikael Persbrandt - Beorn
Sylvester McCoy - Radagast
the Brown
Manu Bennett - Azog
Lee Pace - Thranduil

The Company of Dwarves
Richard Armitage - Thorin
Graham McTavish - Dwalin
Ken Stott - Balin
Aidan Turner - Kili
Dean O'Gorman - Fili
Mark Hadlow - Dori
Jed Brophy - Nori
Adam Brown - Ori
John Callen - Oin
Peter Hambleton - Gloin
William Kircher - Bifur
James Nesbitt - Bofur
Stephen Hunter - Bombur

Screenplay/Producer/Director -
Peter Jackson
Based on Novel "The Hobbit" -
J. R. R. Tolkien
Screenplay/Producer - Fran Walsh
Screenplay/Co-Producer - Phillippa Boyens
Screenplay/Project Consultant -
Guillermo del Toro
Producer - Carolynne Cunningham
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Zane Weiner
Co-Producer - Eileen Moran
Production Designer - Dan Hennah
Conceptual Designers - John Howe & Alan Lee 
Costume Designers - Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey
and Richard Taylor
Director of Photography - Andrew Lesnie
Stunt Coordinator - Glenn Boswell
Visual Effects Supervisors - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon,
R. Christopher White and Jeff Capogreco
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Matt Aitken
Film Editor - Jabez Olssen
Music - Howard Shore

Continuing on this trilogy of the LOTR prequels, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG pops in with another breath for visual eye-candy and spectacular new layer of translation. Director Peter Jackson has got cultivation to tinker yet again in nearly completing a heavy forgoing saga with one final chapter left to go. I have not yet seen THE RETURN OF THE KING. Owing the return of Orlando Bloom's character of Legolas is enough to contemplate the movie's good parts; he's my favourite LOTR character. The last and neatest detail would be British actor Benedict Cumberbatch lending the terrifying performance of the dragon Smaug to the audiences with not just his mo-cap (motion capture) technique. His deep and intense vocabulary also makes him in the top spot highlight; particularly this Smaug succeeds to be the greatest visual counterpart of a dragon shown on cinemas.

THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is a hypnotic volume which proves far or less like the other LOTR instalments. This is a finest hour that takes fans through a fantasy world again and it is with relief that I can say this film is better than the first prequel.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

1 comment:

  1. I can't say much about the movie since I haven't seen it yet, but I hope to see it tomorrow!