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Friday, December 20, 2013

Reviewing The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was a  GREAT movie.  Clearly the best movie of the year.  Consistent with Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the movies based on The Hobbit are the first I have ever watched (in 100's of movies where I've read the book) that the movie actually outdoes the book.  Typically, a film is a disappointment to anyone who has read the book of the same name.  Ask any Tolkien fan and the works of Peter Jackson up to and including the Desolation of Smaug with respect to J.R.R. Tolkien have exceeded, failing to disappoint any of J.R.R. Tolkien's fans. This has been done by attention to detail and artfully appending the never ending story.

One of the most amazing things about the Hobbit series is the fact that Peter Jackson has elaborated on the story line in such a way that is consistent with the nature of the story and dovetails with the Legend.

We all knew Legolas was of the elves of Mirkwood, but Peter Jackson has given him a role that could truly be appreciated by Tolkien in The Desolation of Smaug.

Tauriel did not exist in the original book but she brings to life a progressive characterization that ties our times to the story of the Ring that Binds them All.

Many of us felt the void at the lack of presence of Radagast the Brown in the original books The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.  After all, he is one of only five Wizards.  Peter Jackson has artfully, without disturbing the original content of the Legend, awakened Radagast the Brown and brought him to life.

I could go on, but I repeat that these Peter Jackson movies including the Desolation of Smaug have done what No Movie Has Ever Done Before.

So, do us a favor, media moguls?  When your spoon fed media brown nosing critics want to repeat countless times how they were bored (as they repeat what each other said), with the splendid 3d Cinematography, the excellent acting and the marvelous story, don't waste anything more than a 1 inch length column on the back page for such inane gold-diggers.  That is all that is needed to tell us their pea sized brains was overloaded after the first five minutes.
And to the actors, film editors, camera-people and all involved in this and the next production, a big THANK YOU.  People like me would not even go to theatres except for such incredible movies as The Desolation of Smaug.