An Unexpected Journey
Whilst 2012’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ disappointed a large portion of Tolkien fans, I absolutely adored it. It’s charming tone and personality made it one of my favourite films of 2012. So unlike many fans, I was eagerly anticipating the release of The Desolation of Smaug. So how did it turn out? Not only is The Desolation of Smaug, in my opinion, exactly what LOTR fans were looking for but it also surpasses its predecessor in almost every way. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is one of my favourite films of 2013.I’ll get the only thing close to a negative out of the way first, Ian Mckellen. Where was he? The majority of the film’s promotion was emphasising Mckellen’s ‘Gandalf the Grey’ as one of its main protagonists, but there seemed to be a distinct lack of him in the film with only around 20 minutes of screen time in total. It took nothing away from the experience, but I can imagine that fans of the character will not be pleased. Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage give fantastic performances as Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield. Something that did surprise me however was the fact that this isn’t Freeman’s film like you’re led to believe, it’s Armitage’s. However Thorin is such a fantastic character that this doesn’t bother me. This is my opinion about the film.