Monday, January 06, 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) in 3D Movie Review

Genre: Adventure
Language: English
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
Story (may contain spoilers!):
The show started off back at the Prancing Pony Inn where Thorin Oakenshield was eating his meal that's when he noticed approaching assailants so he prepares for battle by reaching for his weapon. Suddenly, Gandalf sat in front of him and the assailants backed down. Gandalf then proceeded to convince Thorin to reclaim back the dwarfs once prominent place at Lonely Mountain by reclaiming back the Arkenstone through the help of a Hobbit thief.
Fast forward a year later and the movie picks up from where the last time it was left off, the party led by Gandalf with the dwarfs including Thorin and Bilbo on tow, they gave the Orc the slips and decided to venture into Beorn's home to seek shelter from danger. The only problem is Beorn is a skin-changer and when he's a giant bear, he's dangerous but if he's in his giant humanoid form, Gandalf said he can be reasoned with. So sneaking into the home, they locked themselves in from Beorn as a bear and slept and awaited till morning where Beorn has already transformed. That's when Gandalf and the rest chatted with him and due to his hatred for the Orcs, he decided to help them even though he disliked the dwarfs too.

So off the party went on their merry way through Mirkwood which is a faster way to Lonely Mountain but after seeing a Black Speech graffiti, Gandalf looks stunned and started to leave the group but told the rest to stay on the path and that he'll meet them later on. So Thorin, Bilbo and the rest trudged through the dark forest but they lost the path and started to walk around hoping to find the path again however, all they did was walked round in circles. Bilbo decided to climb up the tree and out all the way at the top so he can see where the sun is so that they can move on the correct path again.
Upon reaching the top and gazing at the breathtaking beautiful scenery, he saw that Lonely Mountain was close and that they're nearly there. But having no response from the rest of the guys, he ducked back down again and that's when he discovered that giant spiders had taken the rest captive. Bilbo then used the One Ring to make himself invisible and started his mission to free up the rest. After successfully doing so where the battle between the giant spiders and the dwarfs ensue, the Wood Elves arrived and took the dwarfs captive. Bilbo with the One Ring manages to remain undetected.

Back at the Elves lair, Tauriel seemed to grew fond towards Kili which Legolas seemed slightly bothered about. Later on, when the Elves celebrated their festival and was intoxicated from their liquor, Bilbo acted and freed the dwarfs which led them to escape the elves. The elves pursued them but during that time, they had their hands full too with the Orcs attacking.
Find out the full story by watching the movie!

Watching this movie in 3D is not as worth as I thought it would be. The only noteworthy scenes for 3D effect would be the battle with the giant spiders and near the ending where they're trying to escape and outwit Smaug. Other than that, watching it in 3D or not is relatively the same to me. The excitement level of this movie was more than the first installment that I saw. The storyline that the movie was arranged in did intrigued me but somehow did left me wanting more wow factor from it. The abrupt ending of the movie was the most frustrating part of the movie where it cut off at the most exciting part of all.

Overall a nice movie to watch but somehow I just wish there's a little more wow factor to it. I give it 3.5 stars out of 5. 


foongpc said...

Changed background color? Too dark - I can't read the words!

foongpc said...

So this movie not as nice as expected?

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

O_o No change ah. Probably hadn't load finish le.

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

The movie is nice lah but just wish it has that wow factor that makes me wanna watch it again and again.

Connie Lam said...

i dun like the ending too...

Kelvin -KtheBlogger- Tan said...

Ya, abruptly ended at the most exciting moment. Ish!