The second part of a trilogy is always difficult to assess as the end of the day we are talking about a movie that has no beginning or end themselves. When the film starts, the story will have advanced and the characters are already in motion, and when it all ends on the usual “to be continued” , much remains to tell, which often gives out the patience of the most enthusiastic spectator. Trying to close their eyes to this unavoidable handicap, what can this mean The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is what keeps the spirit of adventure that characterized the light first chapter , although some holes below this opening chapter.
Peter Jackson is back to his favorite world and we note that it is a world where it continues to feel like you’re at home, because by this time the New Zealander director dominates the fantastic and the particular universe of Tolkien as if running the simplest of tasks. The ease with which Jackson makes this complex world fully functioning continues to amaze us greatly , since the adventure flows like water running in a stream and has many fantastic scenarios that continue to surprise everyone and everything , so real and wonderful that are. The viewer is transported to Middle Earth with tremendous ease, this is undeniable. And the various characters remain as authentic and interesting as always, so Jackson should be congratulated However, some repetitions in the narrative shake a bit the quality of the film, as well as slightly too long sequences that break the pace of the adventure.
In this second part , and without wanting to spoil any surprises, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) , the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the various dwarves are continuing their journey to the Lonely Mountain where Smaug the dragon ( with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch) awaits patiently. However , somewhat similarly to what had happened in the second chapter of “The Lord of the Rings “, the group breaks up and follow different paths. Gandalf joins Radagast to investigate the ruins of Dol Guldur and try to guess the identity of the mysterious necromancer , while Bilbo and the dwarves are left to their own devices to cross the dangers of Mirkwood and decadent Lake City. Truth be told , this part of the narrative is more boring than the portion that was covered in the first chapter of the trilogy (as it was in the book and is now also in the film ) , which obviously is stated as a setback for Jackson and company. But if the base material can also serve as an excuse for a second part of the less brilliant adventure, many other things that can not be felt at all.
The elf Tauriel (played by Evangeline Lily) adds depth to the story and fills one of the great defects of Tolkien: the lack of female characters in relief . However , the novel Tauriel with the dwarf Kili smells too the romance between Aragorn and Arwen (rays, until the actor is like Viggo Mortensen, which does not help) , besides being a novel forced something that seems to fall from sky tumbling. Interestingly, the big climax is also the most boring part of the movie , as are 30 mins dwarves running hither and thither without advancing the story.Something that could have been corrected with a tighter fitting. Purists books also will certainly angry, because about half of the film is not in Tolkien’s books, having been invented by Jackson and other writers. And icing on the cake, the tremendously abrupt end will take very good people to pluck hairs from his head and throwing buckets of popcorn against the screen.
In conclusion, The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug maintains good high level and leaves everything open for a third party which may prove to be truly spectacular. But one must keep in mind that some damage has not felt in previous works, adventure and perhaps less well achieved in Jackson lands hobbits and dragons.
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom