So the second of the three Hobbit movies has come out and sure I am enjoying the movies but I think the real question is did we really need to have three.
Before I go any further spoilers follow (is this even necessary as the book has been out since 1937)
So we begin the second movie by going a year in the past, Thorin arrives at the Prancing Pony in Bree where he meet Gandalf who tells him to get the Arkenstone to unite the dwarves and kick Smaug out of the mountain. Gandalf suggests using a burglar to do this. We are then back where we left everyone at the end of the last movie, Bilbo and the Dwarves are being followed by Azog and his hunting party and also a bear. So they run to a nearby house and discover that It is Beorn who is the bear and it is his house that they are staying at. Then the next morning they leave for Mirkwood. As they reach the forests of Mirkwood Gandalf see some black tongue graffiti as they enter the forest and he leaves the party.
The Mirkwood sequence is sped up a lot in the movie, as they get trapped by giant spiders and caught by the Wood Elves then after Kili flirts with Tauriel a matter of hours pass and Bilbo is to the rescue. Thorin’s company are leaving in wine barrels only to be attacked by orcs (I think this was added to the movie) as they float down to Lake-town. During the attack Kili is poisoned by an arrow and Legolas and Tauriel follow close behind. The film then switches to see what Gandalf is up to, his adventures taken from the Appendices (of LOTR) go into some more detail of what all is happening through out middle earth with the rise of the Necromancer/Sauron and the rise of the Nazgul. Gandalf is trapped by the Necromancer and his prisoner in Dol Guldur.
So the dwarves get to Lake-town and they leave behind a handful Kili, Fili, Oin and Bofur while the restgo up to the mountain to find the secret door to get in. While they take refuge in the home of Bard the Orcs finally catch up with this small group and luckily soon follow the elves who help defeat the Orcs and Tauriel goes and cures Kili. Is a romance brewing here? They get into the mountain and Biblo is told that it’s his turn now go get the Arkenstone from inside and not wake the dragon. Bilbo finds the Arkenstone, but did he get it, and Smaug is woken up as Bilbo picks up a golden cup. The other dwarves enter and try to get rid of Smaug by covering him in molten gold. This looks cool but Smaug shakes it off as he goes down to Lake-town to exact his revenge. This is how the movie ends, Gandalf is lost, Smaug is going to destroy Lake-town, and Bilbo and the dwarves can only watch.
I do like the expanded bits of what Gandalf is doing and appreciate the speed at which things happen in the movie, it seems to move faster than the first one. Also the newly added characters like Tauriel only add more to the story. Although I would have liked to see Bilbo sneaking around stealing food while with the wood elves, more of a Beorn sequence, a song which are featured heavily in the book or something to this effect perhaps they will be in the extended edition when it comes out. As I think all of these suggestion would slow down the movie.
The film was an improvement over the first part, as there was less introductory junk to slow down the movie. If you enjoyed the first or the Lord of the Rings trilogy you are sure to like this one as well. Although it doesn’t strictly follow the book’s account of the events those who liked the book are bound to enjoy it. If you and your family are planning to go see a movie over Christmas you’ve got a difficult decision to make as Frozen, Saving Mr.Banks, Walter Mitty, The Hobbit and Catching Fire are all in theaters. Now comes the long wait for There and Back again, the third film to come out December 19, 2014
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