– By Samaravel I (Review Team)
It isn’t an easy task to convert a 300+ page novel into 3 films of 150+ minutes duration each while taking into account of every little detail that proves crucial to the entire fantasy.
Desolation Of Smaug begins with Bilbo,the Dwarves and Gandalf continuing on their quest to find the Dragon(Smaug). While being chased by the Orcs & captured by the Elves, they finally retake the Arkenstone from it.
The first film ended with the awakening of Smaug and dragged towards the end. On the other hand, this film has some pace in its scene sequence and a compromising story line, though it contains certain loopholes that can only be tied in the next film.
The cast have done their job quite well but viewers might have been left expecting more after the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Hats off to the 3-D animation team – they have captivated the audience equally with the magnificent Dragon on big screen and the varied terrain of Middle Earth.
Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the Dragon(and the Necromancer) and adds to the depth of the film. Something to appreciate is the interaction between Smaug and Bilbo which is technically commendable.
Some of the negatives are an overload of action, unexpected love (Tauriel and Kili) and the disappearance of Ian McKellan after the interval which leaves the viewer to predict the outcomes!
On the whole, the film is a good watch and rides strongly on stunning visuals and some sharp dialogues.