Benedict Cumberbatch should be riding high, because that man is everywhere right now and in every blooming franchise. And I’m not complaining, seriously… no complaints about his face, his voice… Nothing of the sort. Just making an observation, especially since rumor has it, he does indeed have a role waiting for him in the new Star Wars film. (A rumor NOT verified from what I can tell, but geesh, it does seem to constantly seem a given when people attached to the project start talking.)
Anyways… he’s a darling and here you can listen to him speak for about an hour about his rise to popularity, the fannish ways of franchises, doing impersonations of his fellow peers, and the very delightful revelation that his debut role was of Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (a fact which devoted fans are well aware of already).
Well worth your time, Cumberbatch fans. Do enjoy! And if you feel so inclined, leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite tidbit from this interview was. CHEERS!
Fans who attended the December 13 midnight showing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the IMAX theater at Lincoln Center in New York City were treated to a surprise special guest: Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellen! Ian is in New York starring in Waiting for Godot with his good friend Sir Patrick Stewart and wanted to surprise Hobbit fans at the premiere.
One of my friends happened to be at that showing and said that we shouldn’t be jealous — 15 minutes into the movie something went wrong and it took them half an hour to fix it.
If you haven’t read our review of Desolation of Smaug, you should check it out!
Tolkien purists may grumble at the liberties Peter Jackson is taking with his The Hobbit trilogy. After all, stretching a children’s book into three feature-length films means that there are quite a few things in the movies that aren’t in the book. But there is no denying that the second installment, The Desolation of Smaug, out this Friday December 13, is a fun adventure filled with plenty of action.
Smaug has a very Indiana Jones feel to it, including an extended barrel sequence (when the Dwarves are escaping the Elves of Mirkwood) that seems to have been lifted directly from The Temple of Doom. There are several small-scale Elves versus Orcs battles featuring fan favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and original character Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) being badasses. And the action doesn’t stop once the Dwarves reach the Lonely Mountain, with Thorin (Richard Armitage) and the others taking a heavily CGI-laden stand against the feared dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), in the forges of Erebor. There were several points during the film where I legitimately worried about the fate of several characters I KNOW make it through, because they’re in The Lord of the Rings.
Martin Freeman plays Bilbo with subtle tenacity, a character who is changing both because he must and because he is being molded and corrupted by the ring of power. There is so much in his eyes and his expressions. He does so much more with so much less. You can tell that he seems to be aware of his growing attachment to the ring, yet he is forced to continue using it in order to accomplish his task. And his relationship with Thorin is fracturing just as his relationships with the other Dwarves is strengthening. His interactions with Smaug are stupendous, and may I say that Smaug himself is spectacular. (They did a much better job rendering Smaug than they did with, say, some of the fight sequences.)