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The weird thing for me while watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was how full of the unexpected it seemed to be. Weird, because it shouldn’t be: the ending is announced in the title. Smaug will be desolated. No surprise there. Okay then.
But Peter Jackson seems to have learned that audiences really, really loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy because they were full of events: stuff happened – lots of stuff- and the emotional nuances laced around the story and characters made it memorable. But it was first and foremost an action adventure fantasy.
For those who complained that there was too much action in the first Hobbit movie, take solace: the balance is back, thanks mostly (if not entirely) to the new additions of Legolas (who was not in Tolkien’s book), an entirely made up female archer named Tauriel, and of course Smaug. Together, this triumvirate of newbies break up the dwarf bromance of the first film and make it feel like the fourth Lord of the Rings movie everyone expected The Hobbit to be.
To be sure, it won’t please the purists (what does?) who should really just stick to the books. For the rest of us, this is first rate entertainment, full of fancy, whimsy, a little blood and lot of golden age romance. One of Jackson’s best efforts, and one destined to rewrite the box office.View All Photos ›