Fans anxiously waiting for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug may feel dissuaded by the long length, but every moment is well worth the effort.
By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Fans anxiously waiting for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug may feel dissuaded by the long length, but every moment is well worth the effort. Peter Jackson has provided a very meaty story that picks up the pace from where the last movie left off. He felt that there needed to be at least a quick summary of what the first film was about, and that was deftly handled without weighing the rest of the film down.
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) finds himself having to deal with Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) more often than with the wise old wizard, Gandalf (Ian McKellen). The mage has to forge ahead and look into more disturbing manners. If this movie was to foreshadow anything about a fellowship, then what it foretells is more like the parting of the ways in order to get the last job done. There will be more issues to come that readers of the book will know about when the final chapter, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, releases at the end of next year.
By then, fans of the cinematic series will have plenty to think about before seeing what Jackson and writers Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro have in store for this cinematic rewriting of J.R.R. Tolkien’s material.
In anticipation for the next Hobbit movie, New Zealand Post has released a line of coins and stamps that only Smaug can afford. The former item is legal tender, and they are quite the premium item. But the cost is definitely not for the faint of heart. A single 1 oz. gold proof coin starts at $3395 and a complete set will set wallets back by a hefty $10K by the time shipping to other points of the Earth are factored in. At least there are imitation products, like the $29.90 (face value of $1) imitation gold product (bronze) that features Bard the Bowman of Lake-town.
At least the stamps are better valued. They start at a rounded off price of $12 as first day covers or single sheets. The items offered for the Desolation of Smaug is wide and varied whereas remaining stock for the previous film, An Unexpected Journey, will slowly become limited. Both movies have collectable coins and stamps, and the question of whether or not a mega-pack will arrive when the third movie releases will depend on what’s left over, or if more will be printed or minted.
That may be worth the wait for Hobbit collectors anyways. Although to own stamps made to commemorate films is great, but when a series is still ongoing, not all dragon younglings will be flocking to own every item out there.