WCW: Watching Richard Armitage as Thorin Out Smoulder the Dragon Smaug on my THDofS dvd! April 9, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#545)

My The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug dvd (poster from Sir PJ’s FB page)  came in bDofShobbit2-bettercharacterposters1-full-Bilbo-Nov0713firstshowingnetthe mail yesterday/Tuesday.   Yay!!!

So I had a “hot date” with a Dwarf King and a Dragon last night!   It is so much fun to see two guys try to outdo each other in the smoulder department. In my view,  Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield won. *wink*    Sighhhhh!  You see, although Benedict Cumberpatch did a great job voicing Smaug,  Smaug just doesn’t set my heart aflutter–something about the possibility of dragon snores setting the house ablaze comes to mind.  Whereas Thorin would be nice to snuggle with–that is if I weren’t already very happily married.  Darn it!

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With Thorin–apart from the handsome King Under the Mountain who is just my size at 5ft zThorinSexyCloseupNov0913NZStamp-LoveSexDirtyWords2.5 inches (well within non-straining kissing range)–I feel his pain.  The loss of his family, the loss of his home, the loss of his heritage, and the loss of what had been a brightly destined future make Thorin Oakenshield a truly heroic tragic figure in my view.  And the fact that Thorin is flawed–in his greed, in his persistence on his quest, and in being suspicious of Bilbo (rightly so as it turns out)–makes him seem more real.  And aren’t women sometimes drawn to men who are projects?  So handsome!  (image from NZ Stamp Presentation Pack, courtesy of the Love,Sex, & Dirty Words blog)

Richard Armitage portrays Thorin Oakenshield commandingly, bitterly, pridefully, seeming physically massive despite being shorter in stature than Elves and Men, arrogantly, recklessly, and yes, majestically.  He is the King of the Dwarfs–not by mere accident of birth and lineage, but by deeds.  He will lead his people to “reclaim our homeland”.

And Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield is a very subtle character performance–the Desolation-of-Smaug-OfficialTrailer-42cThorin-Jun1113GratianaLovelaceCap-cropdetermined gaze, the silence when words are not necessary, the whispered grittiness of “I have the only right” (my cap from trailer 1, right) when others might have shouted, and the bravery and courage to challenge a fire breathing dragon because Thorin has nothing else to lose.   I know, the third film will explore loss in profoundly poignant ways.  But let’s not go there yet.

 

And the THDofS film really was a roller coaster adventure ride–from the Orcs chasing the Dwarves relentlessly throughout the film, to the barrel scenes, all of the fight scenes (I had to close my eyes a few times because they were scary, Ha!), and the character building scenes (including with some of the secondary characters):

1)  For the record, I love Tauriel!   And I am so glad that she was inserted into this filDofSPoster--TaurielNov0313SirPJFBm
(poster from Sir PJ’s FB page).   She is the Elves’ conscience–“This is our fight”, said to Orlando Bloom as Legolas.  Tauriel is also a bridge to greater understanding between the peoples of Middle Earth as she gets to know Kili and later save his life. Evangeline Lilly portrayed her beautifully.

2)  And conversely, I despised the ruthless Elven King Thranduil (poster cDofShobbit-Thranduil-poster-Apr0814SirPJjsFBfrom Sir PJ’s FB page), portrayed with wicked silver lame abandon by Lee Pace.  Thranduil’s smarmy condescending “I will help you” left no one in doubt that goldilocks couldn’t be trusted.  I joked on Twitter that if anyone were to take away Thranduil’s hair conditioner, that they could really bring Thranduil to his knees with all of the tangles that he would have.  Ha!

3)  I especially adored the secondary character  of Balin, portrayed solidly by Ken Stott.   Balin is Thorin’s touchstone to the past–and also Thorin’s conscience, “His name is Bilbo” is said with a grandfatherly chastising tone.  But each of the Dwarves had their  moments in the film.

4)  And my goodness Martin Freeman’s Bilbo (above) has turned into quite the little fighter–dispatching those CGI Mirkwood spiders with alacrity.  We also begin to see signs that the ring’s hold on Bilbo is starting to shred his self control–especially when one of the spiders got too close to the dropped ring.

5)  And for Sir Ian McKellen’s character of Gandalf the Gray (poster from Sir PJ’s FB DofSPoster--GandalfNov0313SirPJFBpage), I very much liked his Prancing Pony scene with Richard Armitage as Thorin.  You could see behind his eyes that Gandalf was beginning to arrange a very elaborate chess board.  Though later on in the film, Gandalf leaves the Dwarves to their own devices by him going off on a side quest.    And what does it get him?  Put in a cage.

 

This was only the second time that I had seen The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug–the first time was in 3D HFR in our local movie theatre.  I somehow hung on and waited until my dvd arrived to see it again–so I wouldn’t miss an instant of the film.  Love the pause feature.   But  I’m sure that I’ll watch the film again soon–next time with popcorn.  Ha!

P.S.  Silly me!   I should have added a video for you to enjoy.  Here is the THDOS Official Main Trailer from Warner Bros. Pictures:

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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6 Responses to WCW: Watching Richard Armitage as Thorin Out Smoulder the Dragon Smaug on my THDofS dvd! April 9, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#545)

  1. April 8, 2014–Thanks for liking this post!

    Crystal Chandlyre, April 73, Servetus, and Herba

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  2. April 9, 2014–The Hobbit Movie tweeted a map of Thorin’s quest/purpose to find the Arkenstone:

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  3. dededotti says:

    I got my DOS yesterday.Yo were right on with your comments.I hit pause and got ice cream!!!

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    • Hi dededotti!
      Nice to see you here! Thanks for your kind note about my THDofS film impressions. I would love to hear your impressions! I could also add that I loved seeing Bombur run past half the Dwarves company to race into Beorn’s house. Go Bombur Go!

      And giggles about ice cream! I also made a small batch of brownies last night during one of my THDofS film “pauses”. *Grati passes her brownies serving tray to dededotti*
      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->

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  4. April 9, 2014–Here is the link Arwen’s to review of THDofS for Middle Earth News. Loved it! (Note, there are spoilers as she also warns.):

    http://middleearthnews.com/2013/12/07/a-full-review-of-the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-spoiler-alert/

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  5. April 10, 2011–Love this Richard Armitage interview link shared by RANet, where Mr. Armitage praises the introduction to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug of the new Tauriel character who is a fierce warrior:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/richard-armitage-praises-the-hobbits-peter-jackson-for-creating-strong-female-character-9247016.html

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