Film Review: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

The second part of Peter Jackson’s trilogy for The Hobbit is the middle of
Bilbo’s journey along with the Dwarfs in order to claim the lost kingdom of
Erebon inside the Lonely Mountain. It has been already proved that
Jackson is a master in the field of entertaining. He manages to narrate
many story lines at the same time easily and without creating confusion to
the spectator, which is (even if it seems the easiest) the hardest quest for a
director. Jackson takes us through the middle earth up to the Lonely
Mountain where the dragon SMAUG awaits, as darkness creeps through
the story and things seem (if possible) more evil than ever.

Bilbo (Martin Freeman), is forced to use the “invisibility” of the ring in
order to save himself and his friends, in more that one opportunity which
creates the paradox of the “one ring”: the object contains nothing more
than evil but is used to save the good intentioned.

This movie reminded me all the time that despite how big the bet is, The
Hobbit is and was intended by J.R.R Tolkien as a book for children. I found
this comforting because you could feel the simplicity
and purity of the story. Even if sometimes there are many characters and
the story pre history might appear complex, we are always taken back to the
roots: good versus bad. Simple.

But good might be corruptible as the movie implies that the kind ones
might have more to them that just pure good. This gives the film a darker
aspect and makes it more complex. Bilbo hides from Gandalf (Ian
McKellen) the fact that he has found an amazingly compelling ring. And
Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the dwarf throne less king, is
tempted to risk Bilbo’s life to SMAUG, as Bilbo’s mission is to recover the
Arkenstone from the dragon’s resting place.

Bilbo, known as “the burglar” has come all the way from the Shire to the
Lonely Mountain with the only task of recovering the stone, but in the
process awakes SMAUG and along with him his desire of evil and
destruction. SMAUG the giant dragon and Bilbo the tiny hobbit. An image
worth seeing. For which we will have to wait one more year to see how the
quest ends.

About Agustina Figueras

Agustina Figueras Born in 1987 in Buenos Aires. A budding film maker who has worked on films and commercials during the last 5 years for directors such as Emmanuel Lubezki, Pablo Trapero, Marcelo Piñeyro amongst others. She has written & directed short films and participated in film festivals. She lives in London, while doing an MA in screenwriting and continues to work on projects, including her own.


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