The Hobbit: Desolation of Smuag…

Peter Jackson got noticed when he made a film called ‘Bad Taste’. It’s about  group of aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

In the early 90s our local cable guy played this movie, that too during Diwali festival season. I confronted him later when he paid a visit to collect the monthly bill and asked him ‘why’…’WHY’ of all the movies he had to broadcast this movie, and that too during the festival season. Don’t quite recollect what he said other than his broad smile. I am sure, I will not pose the same question to him, had his choice were ‘Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ now 🙂

Peter Jackson has come a long way from his amateurish, home-grown special effects laden films to blockbuster spectacles that have raised the bar in story-telling and audio-visual splendor. It’s an amazing journey for Peter Jackson, and so it is for the audience of his movies.

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ is a delight for senses and a must watch for all movie lovers. The movie takes-off with a small back-story that connects to the prequel and moves ahead with break-neck speed. As the good and bad forces unite to battle it it out, The Hobbit and the dwarves march on to the lonely mountain to confront the dragon and make a claim on the dwarves’ fortune. Peter Jackson reserves the best to the last, and the scenes with the dragon are outstanding. The ending disappoints but the rest of the movie’s experience more than compensates for it and makes you wanting for more. (A third installment is on the anvil, of course).

It calls for a brilliant mix of art and craft to create a true blockbuster, that can be watched with family n’ friends. Peter Jackson and his home-grown Weta Digital are probably the best in this business right now. Hope he looks beyond and digs into old Telugu hits like ‘Patala Bhairavi’ or a few of the Vithalayacharya’s films and create ‘our’ heroes on the big screen 🙂

 

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