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He Said, She Said at the Movies: The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

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"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is why I love going to the movies. There's nothing quite like when one of your favorite books is translated to the big screen, with such love and care by everyone involved in the production. Ian McKellen is back and excellent once again as Gandalf the Grey, but I want to show some love to Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins in the movie. Peter Jackson, the director, couldn't have hit more of a bulls eye. Freeman, even when he's not commanding the screen (I would actually say Bilbo takes a bit of a backseat in this section of the story) represents Bilbo down to every detail. His conflicted relationship of the ring, his courage, and his optimism are all perfectly nuanced in Freeman's performance to the point where you can even register his emotions in a tracking shot, when the character is in the background.

There were a few moments that I could complain about, but nothing serious. There is a go-pro POV shot when Bilbo and the dwarves are falling down the waterfall. It feels too modern for Middle Earth. And the obvious problems that would plague any movie that's really a bridge to a bigger story/climax (I felt the same way in Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part I) are on display here as well. But even though it leaves you with a major cliffhanger, it made me want to stick around for 2 and a half more hours.  And that is the goal of a filmmaker creating a trilogy. You have to keep people wanting more, or else, what's the point? I give "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" a full price recommendation, and it's one of the best movies I've seen this year, and easily one of the most enjoyable.

She Said:

This was not a movie that I was looking forward to reviewing.  I had never seen or read any other books or movies in the Lord of the Rings franchise—so I was expecting to be lost and very confused during the 2 hour and 40 minute film.  However, I was very pleasantly surprised how much I did enjoy this movie.  It started off a little slow (maybe because I didn’t know who any of the characters were whatsoever) but by all of the action at the end, I was thoroughly enjoying it.  I found myself jumping at the jump scenes and getting very into everything that was going on with the plot.

 I would probably not go see this movie again, but for anyone who is thinking about going to see it—I would urge you to go!  Because of that, I would say this gets a “matinee” rating for me.

As a side note, I am terrified of spiders.  There is one scene in this movie that I’m pretty sure I will be having nightmares about for weeks to come.  So I will warn you, if you have young kids or are jumpy yourself—there are some scenes you’re going to want to watch out for.  Other than that, enjoy! =)

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