This was something my son had waited the whole year. The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug. Yesterday we went to see the movie and the movie theatre was really full, I say, a lot of people in there. We were prepared, the movie was about to last 2 hours and 41 minutes.
In the Hobbit movies, as well as in The Lord of the Rings movies, all the details are magnificent. Costumes, setup, make-up, everything. Visually these movies are remarkable. So many things that I couldn’t imagine, I have no such imagination. Luckily someone else has.
These movies are also very dark and gloomy, there’s no sun or light. In The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug there’s one scene where Bilbo climbs to a top of a huge tree, sees the sun and dozens of butterflies fly around him. That’s the most bright and happy moment of the movie, but it only lasts for a few moments.
As the movie got on, I spotted many familiar actors, even behind heavy make-up. There was Mikael Presbrandt (my absolute favourite Swedish actor) as Beorn and Stephen Fry as the Master of Laketown. And Smaug, the adorable Benedict Cumberbatch. Well, we didn’t see him, obviosly, because he is a dragon in this movie, but I knew that it was his voice.
Then there’s the lenght of these movies. They all last almost three hours, as so did this Hobbit too. In the middle of the movie I got a little tired and I had some difficulties staying awake. The story moved ahead quite slowly. When the movie got towards the end, it had more action and got more interesting. My son was thrilled, he loved the movie, and I was happy for that.
All in all, a good movie with plenty of beautiful details to see. Now we just have to wait another year to see how the story ends…