Film Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I’m finally watching The Desolation of Smaug. I saw The Hobbit (does the first one have a subtitle?) in theatres, alone, I might add, and I loved it. I didn’t love it enough to see it twice (or pay for it twice), but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I never quite felt like watching the other two. I’m not sure if it was because of the dwarves or Benedict Cumberbatch or Evangeline LIly. (I really, really dislike Benedict’s face. Sorry, I can’t explain it; he just bothers me. Louis Tomlinson’s face used to bother me the same way, but lately not so much. I don’t know if it’s the facial hair or what.

I digress.

For whatever reason, I had no interest in The Hobbit. (Still, this shouldn’t be a surprise because it took me like 7 or 8 years to watch or read LotR.)

So last night I started to watch The Desolation of Smaug. I didn’t finish it, so I’m wrapping it up now.
The first thing I really like is how quickly it gets right to the point. I am American through and through in that I want to get directly to the point, unlike, say Asian writing, wherein it is considered rude to get directly to the point. (That’s why I have such a hard time reading manga.)

Then, I was absolutely not expecting to like Tauriel. I can’t get over the irony that she is played by Dom’s ex. (If you haven’t noticed by now, meta is the reason I love RPF so much, and I lovelove drawing connections to real-life things. I feel a fic there: Orlando asking Dom if it’s weird that he’s doing press with Evi now.) Considering how epically bad mutha fucking ass Éowyn is, I don’t know why I didn’t think Pete would do justice to a character of his own creation. Well, I’ll say it: I was so, so wrong. Tauriel is phenomenal. She is who I would want to be if I was in her position. She is strong and willful and passionate and independent. She isn’t going to just lay down and accept her lot in life. I love that in a woman.

Then, oddly enough, I’m finding myself attracted to Bard. Mm mm mm I think it bears saying that none of us, in fiction or in reality, are capable of controlling who we find attractive. Yep–wasn’t expecting Bard to strike me like that. Now I’m feeling some LotR/Hobbit crossover…

Which brings us to my dear darling Orlibean. (As I call him-It has nothing to do with Sean Bean. lol) As I was telling naemi last night, I think you could totally convince someone who knows nothing about this universe that Legolas is played by two different actors. Orlando has most certainly matured (in all the right places, heh). I think it’s also the armour he wears in the first half of the film; when he’s talking to Tauriel about her “recklessness,” he’s wearing his “usual” Legolas clothes and there’s one frame where he makes the face from LotR, and at that point, I can see the Leggy I know and despise. They were also religious about making him wear the blue contacts this time, which was almost jarring. I think I would have been totally okay with a brown-eyed Legolas. (I’m also incredibly partial to brown eyes. Orlando has three of them. ((Sorry, sorry, horrible joke, but I even wrote a fic about it once.))) Then there’s the battle armour. I know we can’t go back in time, but it sort of makes me wonder why Legolas wasn’t wearing that in the Hobbit, especially considering Boromir was. (IDK–Aragorn wasn’t, either, so we can postulate on that for days.)

I also love that we get to see The Prancing Pony. (Naturally, I thought immediately of Claudia and Frodo in a Bree jail, monitored by the evil Tom Barliman. lmao)

That’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll write a part 2 of this when I finish the film, and then we’ll have another after I watch The Battle of the Five Armies.


2 thoughts on “Film Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

  1. I adored the Hobbit trilogy – liked it more than LotR. I need the DVDs so that I can rewatch at leisure. Fortunately, I hadn’t bought them or had them given yet, because of course I’ve lost my LotR ones. I sort of brushed over Legolas, sorry to say. Too busy watching Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner (will watch almost anything with Aidan in it) with a side helping of James Nesbitt.

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