10 August 2015

The Hobbit: the desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug 2013
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Based on novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett (for two seconds), Benedict Cumberbatch (voice only), Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Martin Freeman  Fargo, The World’s End, Hot Fuzz, Breaking and Entering, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead, Love Actually
    • Ian McKellen – Vicious, King Lear, Extras, Lord of the Rings, X-Men, David Copperfield, Richard III, Cold Comfort Farm, Six Degrees of Separation, The Ballad of Little Jo, Macbeth, Othello
    • Cate Blanchett – Robin Hood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I’m Not There, Notes on a Scandal, Babel, Little Fish, The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Heaven, The Shipping News, The Gift, The Man Who Cried, Elizabeth, Elizabeth the Golden Age
    • Benedict Cumberbatch –  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Creation, The Other Boleyn Sister, Atonement, Amazing Grace, To Kill a King
    • Orlando Bloom – the  Pirates of the Caribbean films, Extras, Troy, Lord of the Rings et al, Ned Kelly, Wilde
    • Mikael Persbrandt – Ett öga rött, Radioskuggan, Svensson Svensson and a lot of scandal headlines in Swedish newspapers
    • Stephen Fry – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alice in Wonderland, Extras, V for Vendetta, Tristram Shandy, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Longitude, Black Adder, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, Wilde, Cold Comfort Farm, Jeeves and Wooster, Peter’s Friends, A Fish Called Wanda, A Handful of Dust
  • Why? Part of the trilogy
  • Seen: 7 August 2015 

       Just read that the trilogy is being re-released in a longer version.
       Um.
       OK, same lovely cast and beautiful scenery so let’s give it a chance.
       Doom and gloom and dire warnings. Dwarves and orcs and creatures of various kinds. Enchanted forests.
       On the plus side we have: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Stephen Fry, a few more women (even a warrior and one of the major characters), the scenery and stage settings. It’s quite exciting at times. There’s a bit of romance, a bit of humour. There’s even a touch of class conflict with a good-looking revolutionary.
       On the minus side however we have: endless battles, kings and nationalism and it’s essentially boring, though not as boring as the first one. And it’s far too long. They’re going to release a longer one? C’mon!
       But’s what’s this?  A cliff-hanger ending?


2 ½ * of 5

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