THAI TUESDAY: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN CATCHING FIRE YET, STOP READING, GO SEE IT, THEN COME BACK!!!!!!

Did I like this movie? Well I saw it three times in theaters… What does that tell you? Other then the obvious fact that Peter Jackson has a very large chunk of my money by this point, I may as well just send him a percentage of my pay. This movie has two of my favorite parts of The Hobbit: Beorn and Mirkwood. But dear god why are there so many bugs in this movie? First with the Bumblebee’s (if they aren’t Robots In Disguise, then they are horrible little tricksters that will make you believe that they they are all cute and fluffy and then sting you… TWICE), and then with the spiders. Does it seem wrong to any one else that Andy Serkis was not in this movie at all? I figured he would at least do one of the spiders, but nope, no Andy Serkis :(.

There is this scene that really struck me in Mirkwood. It’s a very short moment, it can’t take more then two minutes. But you see the affect that The Ring is having on Bilbo, and he realize’s just how profoundly it has changed him. I never for an instant doubted that Martin Freeman was the right person for the role, but it is these short moments that validate my belief that there was no better choice.

I feel like someone should have told me that David Bowie was Legolas’ dad. I’m actually feeling slightly betrayed here! While we are on the subject of Elves. For all of those who have an issue with adding Legolas and Tauriel you can just bite my shiny metal ass! Some ass hats seem to think that the franchise does not need an injection of the fairer sex. As a women, I have to disagree. Would I have watched this movie without Evangeline Lilly? Yes! Would I have enjoyed it as much, probably not. Further more, to continue to draw the women who are not naturally inclined to watch this kind of movie, you have to give them a strong female character to look to. And if you don’t like, well then news flash, you don’t have to see the movie! As for my beloved spokesman for Herbal Essence in Middle Earth, how can you got to Mirkwood (his home), interact with Thranduil (his father) and not have him be a part of it? Sure you can make an argument that he didn’t need to be in quite as much of the movie, but well I’m not going to.

I adore Lake Town. I wouldn’t want to live there, I don’t think any one would want that. But it one of the most amazing sets I have ever seen. I can never get over the attention to detail that they put into the sets for these movies. Bard was also someone that I was looking forward to. He gets more character development then in the book. His character makes more sense to me after this movie.

And of coarse, I can not ignore the highly anticipated… Smaug. The voice and Motion Capture done by a new favorite of mine, Benedict Comberbatch (who also voiced The Necromancer). This is an especially big treat if you are a fan of Sherlock! I am not one to question the casting in any of the Middle Earth films, and Smaug is one of those reasons. Benedict had the perfect tone of voice for the Dragon. The scenes in the mine were filled with the perfect amount of tension. I can’t talk about Smaug and not mention the CGI. For the most parts these movies manage to make good use of it, with some exceptions of coarse. But Smaug is perfect, the way that his eyes and chest change when he is about to breath fire are fantastic. I have absolutely no complaints when it comes to the beast. They also did a good job of editing, what could have been a very long sequence between Bilbo and Smaug, was split nicely with the reforming of Sauron (and I loved the inception Eye).

In the grand tradition of the Middle Earth Fanchise, the end credits are accompanied by an original song. I See Fire by Ed Sheeran.This is my favorite of the songs so far. It fits just right with the tone and context of what we will be going into with the final installment.

Love it/Hate it: I love the throw back moments, the ones that tip the hats to the die hard fans. For example: most people realize at this point that Gloin is Gimli’s father. But that moment were Legolas looks at the pictures that Gloin caries with him with complete disgust, those small moments make me smile. Also the Barrel Scene! Hate: not really, but this is one of the points were I have to agree with the meanies who bash everything about these movies. But I think that we have had enough of Radagast. I didn’t mind him in the first movie. But he feels like he would be more at home in cartoon or Narnia.

Favorite Quote:  It never ceases to amaze me, the courage of Hobbits…

My Rating: 9.5 giant mountains of gold out of 10.

Other Ratings: IMDB – 8.1 stars out of 10. Rotten Tomatoes – 75%. Flixster – 85%. Entertainment Weekly – A-. SourceFed Nerd – Joe Bereta, Steve Zaragoza and Trisha Hershberger all gave it a 9 out of 10,

As always, have a geektastic day, see you next time!

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