"The Desolation of Smaug is a rousing jolt of adventure, fantasy, erotica and Awesomeness!"
Okay, we waited and Bilbo delivered the Baggins! "The Desolation of Smaug" is "The Hobbit" film we've all been waiting for! This time around the movie is a little darker, a little wittier and a whole lot more sexual, well, in a hobbit saves the world kind of way. The addition of Evangeline Lilly to the Hobbit Trilogy was a stroke of brilliance, as her portrayal of Tauriel is delectable and interesting to watch. It's not hard to tell that Peter Jackson directed this one with the "Big Kids" in mind and we appreciate his genius. Now, shall we Unhinge?
So, if you all remember Bilbo's last adventure, you'd remember how the film focused on having "Courage Under Fire". Well, this one has it, but it goes even deeper than that. Bilbo, Thorin and the rest of the gang are facing some cut-throat Hell-Fire and Brimstone type activity, as they plunder through perilous terrain. Ogres are the least of their worries, as they must conquer their own personal inner demons of self-doubt and greed. Now of course this amazing story is told under the guise of a fictional world, but the messages within are true to aim.
Beware Temptation- If you watched the first Hobbit, you would be familiar with a ring often referred to as "Precious". Bilbo maintains possession of this ring and it constantly begs for him to slip into another realm anytime that he is threatened or imminent danger is at hand. We've all dealt with our own battles of temptation/addiction whether it's drugs or the opposite sex and know what it's like to want to feel different. Bilbo struggles with this craving because the burden of "Precious" is strong and it continually causes him to be dishonest whenever confronted about his mystical abilities.
Self Sacrifice- Placing the needs or lives of others above your own. This notion or concept is prevalent throughout pretty much most of the story, as each member of the Baggins Band could easily sacrifice another to save themselves. What's interesting about the manner in which the dwarfs handle it, is that they pull together instead of splitting apart to achieve their goals. For instance, there are several occasions when Bilbo could quickly escape danger without ever drawing his sword, but for some reason, he religiously rises to the occasion. It's no wonder he's a hero then right?
They May Not Accept You, but They Must Respect You- What is it with the Elves thinking that they are superior to the dwarfs? Of course they have long flowing hair and can shoot flea off an apple, but come on, where's the love? Condescending would be putting the way they talk the dwarfs lightly, not all, but some. They think they can do no wrong and know everything, but as you will see in the film, the courage of the dwarfs quickly closes the gap between beauty and imperfection. We see this type of behavior out here on a daily basis, whether it's the Rich and Poor or Black and White. It's a timeless conflict of differences that often ends in compromise or bloodshed.
There are several other themes and ideas in this film that are just as engaging as the first Hobbit, if not even more. But, we'll let you discover the rest of those your own. Now as far as the erotica in the film. Yes, it's there and you don't have to look too hard to find it(lol). We were blown away by the over-the-top delivery of sexual implications in "TDOS", but happy to know that most kids will be clueless as to what they are observing, so parents don't fret. However, If you do see this movie, feel free to leave a few cues to the risque scenes you find down in the comments.
Overall, this film has a lot of action and striking imagery to illustrate J.R.R Tolkien's book in full color! A lot of times, the scenes felt familiar, but it's only because we've seen the cartoon like a thousand times(lol). They really get their hands dirty, especially when they get to the Necromancer and pit pure evil against a semblance of divine light. We're not going to say it was "The Big Guy" versus "The Devil", but it is damn near close.
We enjoyed this film, maybe even more than the first and we're sure you'll enjoy it as well. Thanks for reading!
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