The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review


Throbbing! The word is throbbing! That’s what I felt while watching the movie and that’s what it felt like after it was done! So painful! But before starting the review per se, I must warn you:


So, if you’re reading there, I suppose you already watched it or are pretty courageous to spoil such a good movie. The movie is throbbing! It’s action nonstop! Scene after scene, they change places, new characters are added (and they’re quite alright you know) and action is everywhere! It’s not for the faint-heart! I realize now Peter Jackson is surely writing his name in history. George Lucas has done it, Quentin Tarantino has done it, Steven Spielberg too…. This particular work of Jackson will stand out for ever and ever amen!


The movie starts right in the middle of action where the other had left. Without much effort, Beorn is already introduced and even though his role is diminished and one may ask yourself “why was he in the movie, anyway?” one may remember the pity when Bombadil was left out of Lord of the Rings. Not the same mistake again with Beorn.

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Mirkwood scenes are fantastic and having multiple spiders in the scene was a bonus! That moment when Bilbo put on the Ring and immediately started to understand what the spiders were talking…..AWESOME! Ok….he took it out and he continued to understand them, but the concept was brilliant. Also, let’s not forget their dizziness inside the forest which presented to the audience the feeling of being drowned by the curse and the sickness felt in Mirkwood.


I loved Thranduil character and his motifs. He showed some bad qualities in lots of scenes and their antagonizing, (Thranduil VS Oakenshield) brought sparkles to the movie. I really thought fight would start when they were pointing fingers on that scene. Legolas was very sharp in his character (very well portrayed) and as accurate with the bow as possible while Tauriel was the soft one. Kind, pretty and showing a good heart. Elves were fine, they played their part.


The Barrel sequence was funny, quick, intense and even though you knew they would continue their venture, the tension was everywhere and by itself the sequence stood out (and you know…it’s just barrels down the river)

Necromancer was chilling!!!!!!!!! I know my exclamation marks and I wanna use them! His voice delivered and I froze every time he was on the screen. That black cloud speaking Black Speech ffffff it all and kicked ASS!


When Gandalf fought him (or should I say “tried to”) and the EYE came on, shhhhh we all knew Gandalf had become pumpkin pie by then! I loved the Eye of Sauron displayed that way and surely it’s gif-ready for every single Tumblr account out there!

Smaug delivered every inch of expectation I had. It was there! It was a REAL dragon the way Tolkien created! It was sly, it was evil, it was playing with its prey. Smaug had everything. I could not think of a better voice for Smaug, the tyrannical as well. Benedict remembered the good feelings Darth Vader’s voice bring to me. The treasure room scene was the crème de la crème and oh boy…….not for the faint-heart!




Song, soundtrack, music and lyrics! Ok, lyrics may be forgiven a bit, but the song sucks big time! Aw c’mon, man! You may really think it’s a good song, you know all relaxing and stuff, good voice, vibe…but that’s NOT a song for that kind of movie!!!! Seriously? It takes away all the tension of the story portrayed in the 2 hours and 41 minutes and takes you to the beach beside a fire, roasting marshmallows…NO NO NO!


Gandalf’s spell in Dol Guldur was one disappointment as well. IF that was Quenya, Gandalf needs to learn how to open the mouth so the vowels and consonants are well pronounced and enunciated! I didn’t like it! Bad taste in my mouth! Radagast on the first movie did much better! And that’s another fail! Where was Radagast? He was just a shadow of he could be. I know, I know, he’s very secondary, but but but;;;;; I just wanted more!

You’ll have less Dwarves than you could and should have as well. If you by any chance cannot remember their name by heart, you feel you don’t need to. They are not individually important, they are “Dwarves”. Thorin is the only one who is ONE character. But that’s just natural to expect with so many new characters and action!


Bard was good but I didn’t welcome him quite well. I don’t know why. Actor was not bad, his role was fine, but…ahhh….I think it’s just me. Humans in Middle-Earth are kinda boring!


I cannot wait for the next movie. How cruel they are! They shouldn’t do that to people. They rise the bar with every scene, you get in love with Middle-Earth and then….along came the credits! Astonishing desolation it was! Mesmerizing!

December, 13th, 2013 - The Dragon's Day

December, 13th, 2013 – The Dragon’s Day




Filed under Dwarvish, Elvish, Fantasy, Hobbit, Inside Middle-Earth, The Hobbit, Tolkien

21 responses to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

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  3. Fred Turk

    Tolkien himself was displeased at the work he had done on some points (the most obvious being neglecting Legolas’ existence altogether) which leave such choices entirely to Tolkien Jr. and the producers in which I think they had a nice touch. Secondly, when it comes to story telling If Frodo Baggins is a history professor, Bilbo Baggins is more of a taleteller. He tends to “dramatize” and exaggerate things, lie, skip important facts (like finding a ring of power?), make fun of certain heavy situtations and act politicaly. Excellent burgler material! Since the one and only source for the account of events in the Hobbit is Bilbo himself, the producers have a wide area of speculation if they choose to tell “what really happened” (as stated by Bilbo at the beginning of the first movie). Having said that, some aspects of the movie are clearly open for debate, “Tauriel loves Kili” and “Gandalf vs Sauron” being the chief among them. In LotR Gandalf says “…I’m not ready to face him myself and I don’t know if I ever will be”. Gandalf never met Sauron headon, infact nobody has after Isildur. This fact seems to bother Peter Jackson greatly. If you’re the chief villain you have to make an appearance. You have to be there. You can’t just cast shadows upon the free folks and spy them with your fiery little eye right? Actually you can if you think yourself above such trivial matters as leading armies, kidnapping babies or torturing random wizards (a fact stated by Denethor in the Return of the King). Such “rules” in film making seem like solid taboos and tough nuts to crack even for revolutionary directors. Yet when all’s said and done, It’s hard to deny that all Tolkien adaptations filmed by this crew are excellent movies and a blessing for fans of the original novels. Looking forward to Silmarillion!

  4. Kiessa Kementari

    CORRECTION ON ABOVE POST – Starting fifth line from the bottom should read: …… Tauriel’s Quenya and connection with the herbs while healing Kili in Bard’s home to be the absolute bright spot ……..

  5. Kiessa

    Well, what can you say …… Its The Hobbit and Peter Jackson …… how can you not love to be there.

    Loved seeing Peter at the beginning ….. he is always great, no matter what he does.

    Also loved the Dark Master’s Eye flashing back and forth between human and non-human. Great energy read on that one!

    All that being said, I sorely missed the deep magic and mystery that was in just about every scene of the LotR. It seemed as though the actors were somehow weakened, or tired, even the strong ones you wished to be so dynamic. I wonder if the fact that so much emphasis was placed on the stupendous visual effects, and the ever- constant- action- fighting scenes were in part responsible for this. It needed way more feminine input (Tauriel did her best) to balance the war and savagery, even being a warrior herself, but the Pure Lady is where the essence of magic comes from.

    There was certainly more ‘mirk’ in the Mirkwood elves than seen in LotR. Legolas seemed to have an entirely different ambiance and character than last portrayed. … disturbing. His eyes were mesmerizing, but he was much harder and crueler than the sensitive, thoughtful elf we have known and loved. Tauriel best be careful if she betroths him, for at the rate this is going, she’ll be married to a male, chauvinistic elf-pig! A household doomed to fight forever.

    I totally agree with Erunno …. I kept waiting for the stirring, incredible sound track …. that never came. Loved Ed’s song at the end, but Erunno is right, it was not the correct song to end with.

    Yes, hearing the spiders talk was a great add-in. But to me, ever in the Shadow of Galadriel’s Light, I found the 9 seconds of Tauriel’s Quenya and connection with the herbs while healing Bard to be the absolute bright spot the entire almost 3 hours.

    Alas, the movie could also have been titled…. “The Desolation of Smaug’s Audience’. 🙂

    • HAHAHAHAHAHAH The Desolation of Smaug’s Audience!!! I liked it! 😀

      You said something about magic and feminine touch in the movie which I wholly agree! Too fast, too weakened and not the mild magic touch which that kind of story would deserve.

      I loved Legolas! Yeah, he’s different and that’s what he’s pointing to. How one can change and evolve, become more mature. I think P.Jackson targeted that when portraying such a different facet of Legolas.

      Ohhhh how the spider’s talk kicked ass!

  6. Valië

    I’m terrible at paying attention to soundtrack on movies… And the final song is quite good, but you’re right, it has nothing to do with the tension of that final scene, I think it’s kind of supposed to wake you up for real life again?
    About Gandalf, there are rumors and whispers of his spell being Valarin, is that possible?
    I’m still not sure if I like both Thranduil and Bard…

  7. Jacob

    My main problem was only major when you considered the whole point of bringing a Hobbit: Smaug doesn’t know Hobbit smell! (Burglar is less important, as there are plenty). However, that makes a total of 0% difference to Smaug, there’s no “what’s this, then?”; there was just “I can smell you!”.

    Not only that, but Smaug apparently has selective smelling. When he’s introduced, you get to see his beauty and magnificance. And, oh sething else… Oh yeah: HIS AMAZING SENSE OF SMELL! But that – apparently – vanishes as he teavels right over all of the dwarves and a Hobbit without smelling a thing! All he dis was drop some coins on them! Grrr.

    Other than that, I must say that, I did like it. I am a Tolkien fan, no doubt! But the film was…meh.

    • Really? I didn’t count how many times Smaug smelled things or not. Too little detail! I was busy with the astonishment his image caused me and the awe conveyed by it! It was so cool!

  8. I think this circus in the Mountain was too much. Peter Jackson makes way too many unrealistic scenes where physics just doesn’t work. The dwarves are supposed to be dead by now — it’s just impossible to survive through this kind of attractions. There’s a fine line between entertaining the audience and turning the story into circus.

    I don’t know why people are so excited about a lot of action, smashing, shooting and all. I was mad about how elves fight. Even if they are elves, you know. Even so it’s too much.

    Not to mention that some scenes in the film clearly lacked logic. Say, how do orcs suddenly come so close to the Halls of Thranduil? No guards, no sentry, huh? No scouts in the forest? The same in Esgarot: the orcs suddenly appear on the roofs of the city. Pff… Apparently, they teleport.

    I had a feeling that something was lost behind the obsession to make audience yell, “Wow, look how she killed them!” — the beauty of Tolkien’s world, I suppose. “Anyone can say the green sun, many can then imagine or picture it — but that is not enough,” you know. Green stars just don’t survive in Jackson’s Middle-earth. No, his problem is not in not following the book strictly. Sure, it’s not even possible for a different media anyway. Instead, there’s a failure in reasoning. Inner logic, where are you?

    • I feel what you say with most movies nowadays! They’re making people numb. The story is shallow and it’s jammed pack with ultra high special effects to cause the WOW effect!

      On the other hand, I watched The Hobbit with a very light heart! I think that’s the trick. I enjoyed it and wasn’t concerned about physics, inertia and the loose knots sometimes you can clearly seen on screen. I just sat back, relaxed and teleported to Middle-Earth once again.

      It wasn’t supposed to be accurately real and it was worth my ticket!

  9. Ondo Carniliono

    About Gandalf’s spell: I thought it was Valarin or something, because it certainly did NOT look like Quenya! (although after the third time I watched the movie I noticed someting that looked like a Quenya verb tense)

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