Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, James Nesbitt
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Synopsis: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug.
The anticipation of watching part two of the The Hobbit didn’t fill me with huge excitement. As much as I loved Lord of The Rings, I thought the first part of these new films was pretty average. Easily a six out of ten movie I think. You will be pleased to know part two is far better. The reason being, in my view, the focus is not just on the Dwarves.
The introduction of Legolas and the other Elves gives the film a shot in the arm, especially for the fans of the old trilogy. I just think, personally, that the Dwarves aren’t really interesting enough to carry a two and a half hour film on their own. They all look the same, sound the same and act the same to my eyes. And the whole theme of (certainly the first film) is basically running from the orcs. That’s about it. In the previous trilogy you had different strands to follow, with Frodo, Sam and Gollum, with Merry and Pippin and with Aragorn and co. The Hobbit is only a 100 page book, and it really shows, only justifying the claims that it should never have been given the three film treatment.
I have to give it some dues though, The Desolation of Smaug was pretty entertaining in places. The barrel ride down the river was great fun, almost like some level of a video game or something. Some of the scenes with Smaug were also impressive as well, although the ending was so so.
Overall, a vast improvement on the first film, but no where near the perfection of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I would rate this film a