J&J Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug’

The_Hobbit_-_The_Desolation_of_Smaug_04 This is the movie that we have all been waiting for! The Desolation of Smaug is the second part of Peter Jackson’s rendition of The Hobbit. We had done a movie review of Part One, The Unexpected Journey (click on to see the article) in our December 17, 2012 issue so we have been chafing at the bit to see this continuation in the series.

As expected Peter Jackson did not disappoint us, and the wait was well worth it.  As a true Tolkien story lover the elder member of our team was excited to see it. He has read  The Hobbit twenty-four times, and the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy twenty-three times. Since his high school days he has been a fervent fan, and it has been Tolkien who has inspired him to become a writer. He has written three books and published both The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST as a result.

“I also collect a lot of Tolkien memorabilia as well as his written works” he quotes. “I dream that some day that I can go to New Zealand to actually view Jackson’s movie sets”. He also hopes to do an on-line interview with Peter Jackson, his staff, and the many actors that have performed in his films for our publication.

The second part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movie was truly exciting and the performances of the actors were superb. Digital photography and graphics were not wanting. Jackson’s strategy to continue filming the series without let-up was a good one, and we did not have to have a long break in between films. Not following this course of action severely hurt the Star Wars series and the stretch  between films most certainly lost fans and revenues. Peter Jackson definitely chose the right path for his productions.

The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-2013-Watch-Online-Full-Movie  The dragon, Smaug, was very life-like as well as the characters of the orcs and goblins that are the natural enemies of all those inhabitants of  Middle Earth. Steadfast actors such as Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), and Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) tie this film nicely with the later Lord of the Rings films. All the new characters who were introduced in the second part of this film series work well and make the story that much more believable. The introduction of the role of Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lily, never appeared in Tolkien’s works, but  it was a good choice for this film. The role of Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, was the love interest in the Trilogy and became the darling for all the men in the audience. I am sure that this angle was not overlooked by Peter Jackson.

This film has to be rated as the best to appear on the Silver Screen this year, and all others will be pressed hard to compete with it. We predict that Peter Jackson will also take ‘Best Director’ in the Oscars for his work with it and we will see many other categories from the Oscars go to the film as well. We rate this film as a ‘MUST SEE’ for all our readers and the purchase of this film’s DVD will add nicely to their collections.

“I look forward to the final part of The Hobbit with anticipation and sadness,” our publisher says. “The end of the series will definitely leave a void in my life as well as those of all our readers”

To help compensate for this our publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, is releasing the first of series of writings, The Greenskin Chronicles: FETCH,  directly following this article in this issue. Hopefully there is a possibility that Peter Jackson may like it enough to produce a film from it.

” Fetch is not unlike Bilbo Baggins even though he is a goblin”, our publisher said. “He is an anti-hero with a heart and I’ve written several stories of his adventures to date. I am sure that my readers will love the character as much as I do”.


Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

Joseph O’Donnell


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