–          ★★


Whatever happened to The Hobbit?

Although, we know that The Hobbit is not really the perfected 9,000+ words book we are seeing on the big screen since it has been chunked into three parts with a detailed story that is hugely modified; we are expecting a revamped re-imagination of it.

And although I’m not a huge fan of Lord of the Rings series (including The Hobbit), I’m sad to say that I have my own standards when it comes to adaptations; and The Desolation of Smaug (Or the two Hobbit series) did not impress me.

Not even the 45 frame rate nor the visually entertaining VFX did not live up to the expectation. The usual Peter Jackson three/four adventures in a movie, which I noticed ever since LotR and Percy Jackson, is present in both The Hobbit and Desolation.

I have to admit the action sequences in Desolation is quite impressive and is upbeat which gives the movie a joyous moment, and I have to admit also that Legolas is the star no matter what; outshining every character present in the movie which, Legolas, was not really present in the source material in The Hobbit book. Good thing for Peter Jackson to put the coolness back, but I’m pretty sure, fans of the Tolkien epic is not happy.

The depth of the story is somewhat garbled and confusing, but I know it will be summed up in the third film. And I don’t like how hanging Desolation was. Unlike the LotR series, it has satisfactory hanging by the end of the first and second book; but in Desolation, it was crunch anguish I felt, and when the screen faded, I then asked my partner if how did he feel; he said it was ‘okay’ and I know it’s not the best. And Desolation has reached one step to the climax but then cuts, so it made me feel angry.

And one more thing, I don’t quite understand why it’s titled ‘Desolation of Smaug’ when I know Desolation means something empty or destruction. Enlighten me, people.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is directed by Peter Jackson.

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