'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is the second instalment of the elongated grand trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. The movie initiates with Gandalf, Bilbo and the thirteen other dwarves continuing their expedition of attaining their bygone concealed kingdom Erebor.
In an abridged way, the movie plot transpires from one point to the destination which enlightens the journey of these fourteen dwarves and the ravages that took place which includes many antihero elements and the teething troubles filled with amazing escapades.
One of the significant thing about the movie is the screenplay which was wonderfully layered, every single aspect of the movie was beautifully crafted with much needed explanation and detail which lets us involve with the story being told.
Director Peter Jackson was clear with his thoughts and knows how and where to deliver an epic action sequence when the narration gets flat. His vision and the archetypal technique demonstration are remarkable. Andrew Lesnie's cinematography comprising these long swirling shots gives you a staggering experience which is quite sporadic.
For the most part, the movie hinge on CGI which was quite astonishing, it's obvious that they can't generate these characters without CGI which embraces a lot of physical work to be done and that's where the movie perceives few minor complaints regarding the lack of originality and the indigent display which is quite simple to point out. Nevertheless, the realistic 3D pageant will astound to every extent and is a rare obsession that you start enjoying the movie with 3D effect.
Performances from the cast are great, Martin Freeman as Bilbo impresses with his intelligent discerning character and he portrayed it with ease and much needed serenity. Gandalf (Ian McKellen) shares some good screen presence which quite fetches you to the other part of the movie.
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield emphasizes with his charisma and a certain amount of hesitation is still left in his character. Luke Evans as Bard portrays a good beneficial character in the movie which can be sustained in the next instalment. Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly as Legolas and Tauriel were a complete surprise and are really fun to watch.
However, Smaug steals the show all by itself, absolutely incredible. His conversations with Bilbo were extremely intense and Benedict Cumberbatch's voice over was terrifying. And that's the factor that made the movie look remarkable.
Conversely, the movie explicates few things about Lord of the Rings, consequently if you really want to understand everything which is being narrated I suggest you to go watch LOTR and the first Hobbit instalment before you give this movie a shot.
To sum it up, 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is an extraordinary movie which will definitely appeal if you're a fan of the LOTR trilogy, but there's much more entertainment for an usual movie fan too. The 160 minute screen time will never ever take you out of the experience and doesn't make you feel uninteresting. Watching it in theatres and in 3D is a mandatory thing cause it deserves all your attention.
My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around)
-By Surya Komal aka KM