Smaug steals the show

So I had the opportunity to take in the second installment of The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug last night.  I can’t tell you how much I loved and enjoyed this film.  If I had to grade it I’d give it an A+ and that is something I very ever rarely do.  Bilbo was brilliant, Legolas was a bad ass, and Gandalf was ever the beacon of good.  It was , however, Smaug that stole the show for me.

It seems pretty fair to me that you judge the second installment of any trilogy by the first.  Did it effectively carry on the story lines?  Did it development the characters?  Did it keep the improve on what might have lacked in the first film?  I would grade last year’s The Hobbit:  The Unexpected Journey a solid A film.  I thought the Desolation of Smaug was even better.  This film seemed to move along a lot faster and there were so many new and rich characters that really knocked their parts out of the ball park.  I’ve always been a big fan of Legolas but he was a total warrior stud in this one.  All that being said, Smaug the dragon stole the show for me without a doubt.

I actually went in to this movie not knowing that Benedict Cumberbatch did the voice for Smaug.  I’m actually glad I didn’t know until after because it helped me to appreciate the character and performance even more.  I think I would have singed off on the character just because Cumberbatch was playing him but not being able to quite place the voice during the film left me to judge the character all on its own watching it live.  Smaug is vain, and powerful, and deliciously evil in this film.  The animation was spot on and fluid and didn’t seem cheap or cartoonish.  He was desolation.  He was destruction and despair.  He was death.

I can go on and on about this film and this dragon but I’ll end by simply saying this is a MUST SEE movie.  If you haven’t seen it yet make your way to a toasty warm theatre and check it out.  You will NOT be disappointed!

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