The second installment in The Hobbit trilogy is like a really long fan fiction………and that is just fine with me. (Unlike most of my reviews, this will contain a few SPOILERS, which have already been revealed by the rest of the world anyway). Like the movie, this review will also be a bit long, because there is just too much to talk about.
A lot of people are complaining about Peter Jackson’s decision to turn a small book (that can be read in a shorter period than the first movie) into a nearly three hour per movie trilogy. He has added brand new characters who never existed in the book (Tauriel), characters from The Lord of the Rings who were never in the book (Legolas), and he has added (SPOILER) a completely new storyline involving the most unlikely of characters.
Some people have a problem with all of this…….I am not one of those people. The longer I can escape to Middle Earth, the better. So if you have a problem with that, then you should probably just stop reading now.
Loyal fans of the book will probably hate The Desolation of Smaug. Fans of The Lord of the Rings movies who have never read the books will probably love The Desolation of Smaug. I am a fan of both the movies and the books, and I still loved the movie. So really, it all depends and once again I can neither convince you nor dissuade you from liking this movie. The following is my opinion on the film:
I’ll start with all the obvious stuff. The special effects were tremendous. Smaug is one of the greatest, if not the best dragon to ever appear on screen. Having Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice helps a ton. And just when you think the dragon can’t get any better, he becomes a blingin’ molten gold dragon for a split second, before taking flight and spouting a sinister line or two. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
Second, this movie is way more action packed. When I say action packed, I mean knock you out of your seat, laugh out loud, jaw dropping, speed demon, insane, badass, sweaty palm inducing action. Most of which comes from the fan favorite Legolas and his incredibly pretty red-headed she-elf sort of girlfriend. Yes……this is where the fan fiction bit comes in. Because we all want to see Legolas get a girlfriend right? Wrong. Because this is how Peter Jackson’s thought process went (and every woman with a pair of eyes):
“Aidan Turner (Kili) is too damn sexy to not be a main character. And since I have already gone totally against the book anyway, I’m gonna give him a love story. No wait…….a love TRIANGLE. With Legolas. And the she-elf. Because I can. You’re welcome.”
Yes, Peter Jackson went there. Because who says the short guy can’t get the girl? While we all know that this little love match won’t have a happy ending (unless Peter Jackson just says “Screw it! The books and other movies are no longer relevant at all), I am perfectly fine with the decision to add it in. Because I’m a girl. Sue me.
Peter Jackson’s other thought process goes something like this: “An Unexpected Journey did not have enough eye candy. So I’m gonna stick Legolas in there. And make Kili a main character. And cast Luke Evans and Lee Pace in major roles. And let’s throw in a hot she-elf while we are at it.” And he did. He did.
I could go on and on and on, but I’ll end it here. If you don’t have a problem with the above thought processes of Peter Jackson, and the fact that the book is merely a guideline than an actual rule, and the fact that Bilbo seems merely like a filler character even though the film is called THE HOBBIT, then you’ll enjoy this film. I absolutely loved it and plan to see it at least two more times, despite its length. It is entertaining. It is fun. It goes against all logic. It has a dragon.
And what is better than a fire breathing dragon? A fire breathing dragon……in 3D.