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Posted December 9, 2013 by

The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug

Another Christmas film full of bearded dwarves and Middle-Earth creatures with hairy feet? I think so…

For the second year in a row the Christmas film on everyone’s lips consists of small things with hairy feet, a bunch of singing dwarves and a fire-breathing dragon! Yep – you guessed it, it’s a The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

With the success of the first installment hitting the impressive $1 billion bench mark in box office figures, this should certainly get bums on seats. But has this franchise gone too far? Should the 300 odd pages children book really been split into 3 films? Well the crux of it is, why sell something short if you think it is worth much more? Last year during a press conference Jackson stated that, “We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance.” And this is exactly what Peter Jackson is going to get the chance to tell.

No doubt, after the success of the revolutionary The Lord of the Rings trilogy starting back in 2001 the studio as a whole saw this as a massive money making business. Not to say that this was the main reason for the 3 parter, but these films show us exactly what having the right budget and resources can do for cinema. Now with a much bigger budget than before, more experience and the latest technologies to hand, Peter Jackson shall have to try very hard in order for this not to be a hoot.
Comparing The Two Towers with the first Hobbit sadly shows up all of the dodgy CGI imperfections that have now been outlined by advancements in technology. Talking of technology, The Hobbit is of course cinematically released in 2D and 3D. Personally, I am not an avid fan of seeing all dimensions on screen, however if the 3D in this one is anything like the first then I’ll hold up my hands as it was truly breathtaking and only enhanced the extensiveness of Middle-Earth. To be filmed in a high frame rate of 48fps as its previous film; The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug will be a sight to behold.

Thus far we have been provided with a pretty good setting-the-scene narrative and now this part is going to be where the action is. Even from the trailers, if one has not read the book, this chapter will be action packed and indeed we have the return of many of our favourite characters old and new. Everyone’s favourites will be on screen, Gandalf, Bilbo, Legolas and the elves not forgetting the singing dwarves as they continuing on their adventure Tolkien has mapped out for them.

With a studio like Warner Bros behind them, this film is sure to get all the perks when it comes to marketing and advertising. With the new extended trailer being shown, virtually before every new release in cinemas already, it’s safe to say this is set for big things.

Let’s hope all the hype pays off shall we? The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug opens on Friday the 13th of December – and even if you are superstitious go and see it anyway!


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Gloria Daniels-Moss
Freelance Contributor


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