Monday, January 13, 2014
Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Make no doubt, it's a gorgeous movie and parts are pretty exciting. But that's all it is. Lot's of stuff happens: dwarfs escape from Elftown in barrels with orcs and elves chasing them; dwarfs get trapped by giant spiders; Gandalf meets the guy with the big red eye; dwarfs get chased around underground by a fire breathing dragon (Smaug, of course). There's a little illicit dwarf-elf love story (red-haired elf played very enthusiastically by Evangeline Lilly) for some reason.
And then the movie ends. Very abruptly.
As I said, I don't have great feelings for the book, so I'm not particularly bothered that Jackson took a pretty slim book and turned it into three giant movies. As long as the movies have a good story to tell, and are not just filler. I'm sorry but "The Desolation of Smaug" is almost entirely made of filler.