DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson
May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? YES
The second installment of Peter Jackson’s, undoubtedly bloated Hobbit adaptation is here, and is certainly a strong film. The problems are simple. The short book with has already supplied us with over five and half hours of entertainment, and is still set for presumably another three-hour finale, meaning that this film is hamstringed into keeping the flame alive without going too far. This was never clearer than in the final moments, with a cliffhanger which was simply unnecessary.
It is all too clear how this is going to end and so much so that I’m dreading a 12 month wait to stew on the inevitable conclusion. The action is more pronounced here than in the first installment but I felt that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, whilst taking its time, was a wash with characters and substance whilst this seemed to be more of a crowd pleasing exercise. In many ways, the contrived Desolation Of Smaug was the first real mis-step in Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings saga, but saying that, even a mis-step is till a cracking movie. The saga as a whole is already shaping up to be one of the best in the business, with a level of consistency which even Star Wars can only dream after the prequels, and maybe it’s best to look at this film as a part of greater whole.
If you do, then The Lord Of The Rings/The Hobbit saga is wonderful, a powerhouse of modern classical film making but as movie in its own right, it’s lacking in some areas. The action is overblown and in sharp contrast to the quality of the production as a whole and the story telling is baggy at times but overall, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is well worth it.