BOOK TITLE: The Hobbit: There and Back Again
FILM TITLE: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien
SETTING(S) : Middle Earth
SUBJECT: Adventure, Hobbits Adventure, Courage
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin, Bard, Beorn, Thranduil and Smaug.
MOVIE ACTORS: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Mikael Persbrandt, Lee Pace and Benedict Cumberbatch.
FILM SUMMARY: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. ~By IMDb
This is the second film of the three part film series. This continue chapter six “Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire and end on Chapter twelve “Inside Information”.
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MY MOVIE SUMMARY: Bilbo and company leave the protection of the eagles layers to continue to head towards the Lonely Mountain (Erebor); where they end up at Beorn house who is a shape shifter. This is where the company receives some needed rest, food and advice. At the end they decided to go through the disease forest of Mirkwood this is where Gandalf leaves the company to settle some concerns and questions that need answers. The company goes through the forest and begins to get lost. They come across some unexpected foes spiders where they are later rescued by the elves in which take them hostage to their fortress. They are able to escape the elves through an underground river. Outside the orcs are waiting for them. Through the journey they have to battle the orcs to get safely to Lake-town where they meet Bard. Bard is able to get them safely into town and thanks to the greed of the Master of Lake-town who offers them a passageway to Erebor and in the process locks up Bard.
Some of the company which includes Kili, Fili, Bofur and Bifur to stay at Lake-town with Kili who is injured while the rest journeys to Erebor. The company in Lake-town have to battle it out with the orcs while the rest at the Lonely Mountain have to deal with Smaug the dragon. The film ends with Smaug leaving the mountain to attack the people of Lake-town.
MY MOVIE REVIEW: I found the film very entertaining and lacking some of my favorite scenes of the hobbit. I found the beginning humorous because Peter Jackson is the first character we meet as a drunken man walking in the town of Bree where Gandalf and Thorin meet at the Prancing Pony. It is like he wanted to be the one to welcome us back to Middle Earth. As a viewer I did not realize Gandalf is the one who open the can of worms or gave Thorin the courage to think about Erebor again in order to reclaim his homeland.
Based on my movie summary you will notice some missing pieces. That Beorn scenes are passed by quickly and that there are no elven parties for the company to interrupt in the forest of Mirkwood. What is added is the battle scenes between the elves vs. spider, elves vs. orcs, dwarves vs. orcs and a love triangle between an elf & dwarf.
I have read and heard a lot of comments from hobbit fans that they felt the film did not respect Tolkien’s story and that the film completely rewrote the whole story. Before the film was made public, I have re-read the hobbit and are planning on re-reading it from where the two film left off. In my opinion they do honor the story line except for them adding the orc and love triangle scenes. I do understand that they added Legolas to the story line in which he is not even mention in the hobbit and that they completely create a character “Tauriel”. But I understand why they did it… Legolas is a familiar character to fans of LOTR films. So to get them excited they brough in Legolas in. My only reason for Tauriel is that the hobbit is full of male character and the film industry wanted their female fans to be able to relate to the films or have a voice in the film hense bring in a female elf that can kick butt.
In a positive note I have noticed no-one has mention that they did not have any open space or chase scenes like the first hobbit film. That is all you heard and read about after the first hobbit film. The scene I am referring to where you saw Radacast the brown being chase by the wolves in order for the company to escapes.
Another comment that has been made is that fans loved that they included the spiders and Smaug to talk but why did they not include the wolves to talk. Just a little reminder in the book the goblin were the ones working with the wolves; Not orcs… In regards to no talking wolves, my only suggestion to that is it might have effected the script for the orcs or there was no time in the films script for talking wolves. Just like most fans the simple thing to do is remove the white orc/wolves all together.
I was disappointed that they did not have Bilbo teasing the spiders and including some of Tolkiens poems. I also wanted to see more merriment of the elves. A big one was that I felt the two films did not connect as smoothly as they could. The film starts with Bilbo at a cliffs edge looking toward the edge of the mountain where he sees the orc riders and next to him in the distance is a giant bear where he slowly walks down to meet with the dwarves and Gandalf. Where are the Eagles??
The last complaint and biggest one is where is the Desolation of Smaug. Several bet that Smaug was going to die at the end even before the film came out. I am excited that my theory was correct. If Smaug died at the end there would be no purpose or reasoning for a third film. What better ending to get the viewers and the fans to see the third film is to leave them with Smaug heading to Lake-town with vengeance in his heart. Also desolation has multiple meaning… One was the death of Smaug another was the damage/destruction that Smaug created. If you rely on the second definition then the film successfully achieved that. They showed us the towns and the landscapes that he destroyed.