The Hobbit : The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

The_Hobbit_-_The_Desolation_of_Smaug_theatrical_posterSince I saw the first hobbit movie, An Unexpected Journey, in 2012, I was anticipating for the release of this second show. Let me just say, it didn’t disappoint. I took my mum to watch this movie with me. I was trying to convert her into a non-anti-LOTR mum, you see. Haha! She’s always exclaiming “Yeerrrrr!” whenever she sees me watching LOTR simply cause she finds the orcs and Uruk-hai gross. πŸ˜› And guess what? Mission accomplished. She still hasn’t really taken a liking to the orcs and Uruk-hai (obviously), but at least she now knows why I love LOTR. πŸ˜€

However, all that being said, I personally feel that, although both these movies (An Unexpected Journey & The Desolation of Smaug) are pretty awesome shows, they still somewhat lack that sense of epicness that the LOTR trilogy has. Maybe it’s the lack of epic mass-like battles, but of course this is due to the original story plots and we can’t really blame it on that, I guess. Anyway, it’s still a show that will keep you to the edge of your seats throughout the entire time.

FINALLY. We see Legolas back in action. I was ecstatic when he first popped onto the screen. LOL!Β The-Hobbit-Smaug-legolasHowever, I’m not sure if it’s only me, but I find the Legolas in The Hobbit trilogy seems to be more moody and arrogant as compared to the one who appeared in LOTR trilogy, even though both are played by Orlando Bloom. Hm. Do note that, even though Legolas seems to have quite a significant role in movie of The Desolation of Smaug, he actually was never mentioned in the book. He only appeared as one of the main characters in the LOTR books, never in The Hobbit. But seriously, I’m not complaining. πŸ˜› Haha! And I think this is the first time ever, I didn’t complain that a movie deviate from it’s respective book.

Another addition to the movie is a female character, Tauriel.Β HBT2-fs-140204.DNGTauriel was played by Evangeline Lilly. Loved that she is more of the tough fighting elf. It’s about time we have a cool female elf. Lol! Arwen (played by Liv Tyler) did appear like a tough hot elf at the beginning of the LOTR trilogy, but later on, she just became a little more like the sweet elven princess that she is supposed to be, which I feel is a little sad. Would love to see her show her spicy side. πŸ™‚

Anyway, another new face to the movie is Luke Evans. And I thought it amusing that Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom are in the same movie playing quite significant characters, because I used to think Luke Evans looks a lot like Orlando Bloom! Haha!Β The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-lookalikeEven with one blonde and the other black haired, I can still see the similarities. Not as obvious as comparing Luke Evans to Orlando’s look in Pirates of the Caribbean. Luke & OrlandoOrlando-Bloom-and-Luke-EvanNo? Or maybe I’m the only one who thinks so? Hhmmm.

The voice of the dragon was somewhat captivating and a little mystical.la_ca_1217_the_hobbitI was wondering who voiced this magnificent creature, so I googled it. Lo behold, Smaug the dragon, was voiced by the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch!Β benedict-cumberbatch-premiere-the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaugYes, the fella who is famously known for his work in British series Sherlock and also the villain in the 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness. No wonder the dragon good. What with the slight traces of posh English coming from this British dude. πŸ™‚

Overall, I would say that The Desolation of Smaug is even better than An Unexpected Journey. However, it’s still lacks a little something if compared to the LOTR trilogy. I mean I can watch the latter countless times and never really get bored. But with both The Hobbit installments, I’ll definitely watch it more than once, though there’ll need to be period gaps in between, like a couple of months or so. πŸ™‚ All that being said, I’m still looking forward to the final movie in The Hobbit trilogy. I’m almost sure it’s gonna be even better than this one. πŸ˜€

Thor : The Dark World (2013)

Thor_-_The_Dark_World_posterI’ve been waiting, rather impatiently, for this movie to be out since I first saw it’s first show in 2011. When it’s finally released last year, I was ecstatic! And I was not disappointed. Thor : The Dark World is amazing!

I loved the first show, but I this one’s even better! The storyline is great. Comparative to the first show, this definitely has more action, more humour and more focus on various characters (instead of focusing solely on Thor, Loki & Jane). πŸ˜›

Chris Hemsworth resumes his role as Thor (duh!) for this movie. I mean, look at him! No one else could really take that place anymore.Β thor-the-dark-world-chris-hemsworthChris Hemsworth IS Thor. That built of his body? *drool* πŸ™‚ I’m amused though, that time around, Thor has manged to get his hair groomed. Well, at the very least, it is more tidy, styled and pretty (yes pretty) than it was in the first movie. Maybe during his trip to Earth previously, he brought back some shampoo, conditioner and rubber band. Haha! Lame joke, I know. πŸ˜›

I seldom like it when guys have long hair. I usually prefer guys who have clean cut short hair, but I guess Hemsworth is one of the very few exceptions?Β "Marvel's The Avengers" Press ConferenceI’ll admit. I can’t resist this face. Lol! πŸ˜›

Another darling that I feel is irreplaceable is of course, Loki.Β thor-the-dark-world-tom-hiddlestonTom Hiddleston is the man. He is one of the very few villain, if not the only, that I know of, that can steal the hearts of almost everybody who watched the show. If you’re not charmed by him the first time, believe me, you will be when you watch him for the second time. Love how Hiddleston made Loki into a sassy, sarcastic but yet charming bad guy. And kudos to him too for gaining Loki, and himself, a fandom. Literally. He has his own fandom. Gosh. On a side note, when I tried YouTube-ing Hiddleston, I realized, he is every bit as charming, if not more than, Loki in real life. Wicked sense of humour, stunning impressions of various characters (I guess that just goes to further prove how good an actor he is) or celebrities (his Owen Wilson and Chris Evans’ impressions were spot on!) and always a good sport. πŸ™‚

Comparative to the 2 outstanding male performances, Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jane Foster is a little bland.Β natalie-portman-thor-the-dark-worldJust a little, and that is if it’s compared to Hemsworth and Hiddleston. But overall she was convincing and I do enjoy her scenes onscreen. Gotta say, even though her chemistry with Hemsworth onscreen weren’t as impressive as that between Hemsworth and Hiddleston, it’s still pleasant and endearing to watch Thor and Jane fumble through their relationship. πŸ™‚

Funnily though, even though Portman is the lead female in this movie, but I find myself noticing the supporting female actress, Kat Dennings more than Portman herself.Β thor-the-dark-world-internsShe plays the geeky intern of Jane Foster. And although she may not look like the typical gorgeous girl in most of the movies she’s in, in real life, she looks pretty hot, me thinks.Β Kat_DenningsKat_DenningsShe’s like a cross between Angelina Jolie and Kristen Stewart. Lol! You may recognize her from the movie House Bunny and the series 2 Broke Girls.

In actual fact, the main villain in the movie are the Dark Elves.Β thor-the-dark-world-malekithBut obviously Loki managed to steal some limelight from them. πŸ˜› Still, Christopher Eccleston, who plays Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves, is very convincing in his role. Great job to the makeup team as well in making Eccleston absolutely unrecognizable. Lol!

One of my favourite scenes is the one where Captain America made a surprise cameo.Β Thor-Dark-World-Captain AmericaThat was like the unexpected icing on a cake. Awesome! Short and sweet and sassy! And again, look at Thor’s ‘commercial-ready’ hair. πŸ˜€

Then there’s the passionate kiss at the end of the movie between Thor and Jane.Β thor-the-dark-world-chris-hemsworth & wife kissBut here’s the secret that now everyone knows : The lady Hemsworth kissed passionately in this scene is NOT Natalie Portman but rather his own wife, Elsa Pataky! Story goes, Portman was in a different country at that time and couldn’t make it back for this scene. So, they gave Mrs. Hemsworth a wig and she played out this scene of Jane Foster smooching Thor. Aawww. How sweet is that? Lol! πŸ˜‰

Let me just say that, the twist at the end of the movie is making me very impatient for the 3rd installment of this Marvel Thor series to be released. And yes, I know, they haven’t even started filming yet!