‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ is a long-awaited masterpiece

Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen are shown in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." / Associated Press photo

Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent

   After the cliffhanger ending of “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” moviegoers watched and waited with anticipation, wondering where the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy would begin.
On Dec.13, the wait ended.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” begins with the ever-enchanting film score composed by Howard Shore, instantly drawing viewers into the magical world of Middle Earth. Beginning with the original meeting of Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and Thorin (Richard Armitage), the story reveals an added layer of depth to the plot, intertwining events from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
As the epic tale unfolds, iconic events are brought to life, such as the meeting with the skin changer, Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt), and the encounter with the Wood Elves. The meeting of Smaug the dragon is a spectacle by itself. The fearfully majestic dragon is designed in perfected detail, making him a sight to behold.
In “The Desolation of Smaug,” Bilbo (Martin Freeman) plays a noticeably smaller role in the film compared to its predecessor due to the emphasis directed toward the dwarves as they near the end of their quest. All this plus the thickening plot of Sauron’s resurrection and his gathering army of Orcs leaves onlookers immersed in an engaging and precariously balanced world.
In addition to the absorbing plot and brilliant performances, the costumes, setting and cinematography draw audiences in for a long-awaited masterpiece.
Parents should be cautioned that this film contains intense violence and grotesque images, along with mild flirting between two characters. It is rated PG-13 and is 2 hours, 40 minutes long.

 Rachel Teseneer is a sophomore home-schooler and Teens & Twenties writer.


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