Why would you want to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?

  1. To see J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved The Hobbit brought to life.
  2. For the spectacle of a giant dragon wrecking shit.

If you’re going to the movie for reason #1, don’t. Splitting one book into three, three-hour movies is doing one of two things. First, it’s trying to follow the book as closely as possible. Second, it’s taking the book, ripping out some pages as source, and creating a whole new story. Having seen the first film, the second is the case. If you just want a reason to bitch because it’s not as good as the book, or because they changed things, definitely go see it. You’ll have plenty to complain about.

On the other hand, as film’s a visual medium, it’s going to tell a story in a different way than the written word. So no movie is ever going to be as good as the book. Therefore, if you are going to see The Desolation of Smaug for reason #2, you’ll be reasonably happy.

Being another three hour Jackson epic, there’s lots of stuff to feast your eyes on, some of which could have been cut to make the film flow better: several of the fight scenes and the love story sub plot immediately come to mind. Despite the chuff, the film does deliver where the Smaug scenes are concerned.

I would definitely recommend checking this out in theaters. Perhaps not on a school night because of the runtime, but a Saturday or Sunday matinee would work nicely.

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