How annoying - Jackson's done it again

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) comes face to face with the hypnotic, beautiful goldhoarding dragon, Smaug.
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) comes face to face with the hypnotic, beautiful goldhoarding dragon, Smaug.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage. Directed by Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson. The man who can turn a 300-odd page book into three lengthy films which every movie fan must see, no matter what. This infuriates me so much.

But I remain one of those movie fans who will wait in anticipation for the release of each movie trailer. I gasp at the surreal score as it plays and I especially look forward to seeing New Zealand, particularly the south of New Zealand, in all its glory.

The Desolation of Smaug kicks off with a nicely choreographed "previously on" told through a flashback between Thorin and Gandalf the Grey. Through that one scene, you are reminded about the origins of the Arkenstone, the purpose for Thorin's quest and why Bilbo was chosen to go on an unexpected journey.

Audiences are quickly thrown back into Middle-Earth with the thirteen dwarves, Gandalf, and Bilbo continuing their journey to the Lonely Mountain to retrieve the Arkenstone and regain Thorin's kingdom.

Peter Jackson is a visionary. He and his crew have outdone themselves by creating a second movie that surpasses the first.

Gone is all character development, replaced with a great journey story filled with giant spiders that will freak you out, underground cities that will leave you breathless and one kick- ass barrel scene will get you excited (as odd as that sounds).

One scene I could not wait to lay my eyes on was the lair of the dragon Smaug.

Smaug. Oh Smaug. He was just beautiful to gaze upon; almost hypnotic.

If Bilbo's introduction to Gollum was a delicious scene to watch, then Smaug and Bilbo's meeting was a glorious feast to savour. It did not disappoint, in any way.

Seeing The Desolation of Smaug in 3D HFR is worth the extra cost, if not only for the experience.

It is well-suited to the depth and crispness that this technology brings.

As much as the number and length of these films frustrates me, I must admit that it is for the best - even though this one could have been 30 minutes shorter. Without each of these films, told in three distinct parts, the world that one can imagine by reading the book would not have been realised in just one three-hour film.

The Southland Times