The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Like I said, I am not a fan of trendy books. Certainly not the Lord of the Rings series, which I think came out, like, a long time ago. But once again I’ve become a fan of the film adaptations, despite not being able to remember character names or much of what happens from one movie to the next. It’s kind of like my relationship with Game of Thrones — I know majorly important crazy awesome things are happening and that it’s extremely well written, well acted and well produced, I’m just not always clear on the details.

The second Hobbit movie picks up right where the first one left off, when the very bad dragon guarding the very nice treasure in the very big mountain woke up. Bilbo Baggins, grandfather of Frodo Baggins, and his team of dwarfs are en route to said mountain and encountering all sorts of bad luck — orcs, giant spiders (where does there ALWAYS have to be a giant spider!?), the usual, but unbeknownst to the dwarfs Bilbo is in possession of The Ring, a.k.a. Precious. Gandalf is leading them in his Gandalf way until he has to go off on his own to uncover the dark and powerful evil that is rising and will eventually kill them all. (Now that I think about it, I find it hard to believe that Gandalf didn’t know Bilbo had the ring that whole time, right?) On their journey the dwarfs run into the elves, and the groups do not mesh well, but then the orcs attack and they are their common enemy so they sort of team up. Well, the Orlando Bloom and Kate from Lost elves do, anyway. The dwarfs finally reach the mountain via Lake-town, destroyed by the dragon years ago, and they send Bilbo in to get this magic stone that will somehow restore the dwarfs to power. Naturally Bilbo awakens the dragon, and after an action-packed battle throughout the mountain the darn thing escapes with plans to light the world on fire once again. As he’s watching the dragon fly away in fury, Bilbo goes, “What have we done?” and the movie ends.


What I hate about these movies: The endings. They’re like TV show season finales, and it just shouldn’t be legal to leave people hanging like that. What I love about these movies: Everything else. They are usually two and a half to three hours long, in fact I think one of the LOTR movies is longer than that, but they never feel that long because so much great stuff happens. What I especially like about The Hobbit vs. LOTR: The Hobbit books actually came first, so the movies are not being made to fit the mold of the three LOTR movies, know what I’m saying? I don’t really like when prequels are created just so the sequel make more sense. I eagerly await the third and final Hobbit movie, There and Back Again, but I can’t say I have plans to read the books anytime soon.


3 thoughts on “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  1. Actually… I hate to break it to you, but much of this (2/3rds) trilogy has been created by Jackson and is not at all in the book The Hobbit… making it even more so into a lead-up to LOTR. For example: Radagast and Saruman are LOTR characters, not The Hobbit.. and Tauriel (Kate from Lost) isn’t a character in the books at all.

    That being said: there is nothing wrong with enjoying the movie as is! But it is not necessarily the ulterior-motive-free prequel you think it is.

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