Smaug, The CGI Dragonto Rule Them All
Like everyone else in North America, Sweet Babou and I ventured forth to the movie theater to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. My parental units also came to the theater with us, but they kindly took the Fokkerlings to see Frozen (which is also doing some thick bank) so we could revel in all the fantastic fantasy glory of Peter Jackson’s interpretation of The Hobbit.
Make no mistake, the move is an interpretation + bits from J.R.R. Tolkien's book of lore, The Silmarillion; not a strict following of the original novel by any means. However, I don’t give any a tiny gnat’s shit. The movie was awesome and entertaining and fabulous and that’s all I needed out of Holiday my movie going experience.
I think it helps that Jackson’s stuff aids and abets the magnificence of the source, rather than diminishing it with shenanigans that violate the timbre of the initial story. My least favorite of the Harry Potter movies was the version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and it was solely because I though the director/screenwriter shat upon the book’s intent and did a piss-poor job of directing Emma Watson. Ditto, I was profoundly “meh” about the first Hunger Games movie due to loose storyline and weak-sauce “feel” but fell deeply in love with Catching Fire because it adhered to the spirit of the trilogy.
As much as I liked the whole second Hobbit movie – with superb acting by everyone and the Ultimate Version of Bilbo Baggins and the Triumvirate of Smoking Hot Dwarves and the sweet fighting of the badass female elf captain of the guard – the thing that most melted my butter was Smaug. Halleluiah, that was some awesome CGI. That dragon was the most dragon-like dragon in all dragonville. Whooo-whee!
Plus, it had Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice and I have discovered my inner Cumberbabe.