Said Thorin Oakshield in the trailer ‘If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together!’ with such energy and enthusiasm, that I was left stupefied, anticipating what will the coming movie hold out for the cinema. Being a big fan of books over movies, I had expected the movie to be boring and annoying all the same. But even though ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ has a considerable divergence from its corresponding novel, it is an incredible and entertaining watch.
It must sincerely be noted that the movie is based upon the book, refers to characters and plots from the novel, and flows in the same series of events, but this is Jackson playing in the Cinema -not Tolkein! Tolkein wrote ‘The Hobbit’ before he could set upon the literary trilogy he entitled ‘Lord of the Rings’ and so ‘The Hobbit’ bears very little resemblance to the LOTR at all. On the other hand, The Hobbit (the movie series) is Jackson’s production after he has released the LOTR (movie series) so there’s bound to be not only some follow up, but some resemblance that connects the story and the plots. This is why the movies are enriched when it comes to the characters and the plots, like the part played by Legolas who was none of the elves or the hobbits throughout the book content. Also, though the introduction of intimate characters and details have thickened the plot with witty dialogues and screen play, there is a hard time for one to distinguish one elf from the other, and acquaint themselves with the characters.
But this can be forgiven, once we look at the bigger picture, and learn to actually forget the story line of the book, and watch the movie as a unique patent with a story inspired by a novel. There are some amazing actions and visuals, as Jackson paired most of the scenes and shots from some impossible to place camera locations, whilst the movie moves at a steady pace, depicting the adventure of Bilbo, Gandalf and Thorin out to reclaim the treasure from the evil Smaug.
The journey is a mosaic of merry parties and deadly operations such as those with the monstrous spiders and the bad tempered elf king, and at the climax all right, when the party lures its way into Smaug’s circles, hence confronting the beast. Also, the dialogue delivery, the casting, acting and directions all pair up in comprehension to bring out a picture which glues us to the very end and leaves us breath knotted until the closure of the movie, leaving us with our anticipations on how the story we had once read, and known as a movie will eventually come to rest in its last part.