Directed by: Peter Jackson
Well it is finally here —the second installment in the trilogy of films that are adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit (while the book itself is in truth no longer than any of the three books in the Lord of the Ring trilogy, director, Peter Jackson has chosen to extent this story into three parts proving that Hollywood doesn’t so much make movies, as it it creates three-picture-deals). Still, as a fan of the series since we were in high school, we are not at all complaining as Jackson’s singular vision of Tolkien’s e[pic fantasy truly bring the book and characters to life.
As the film continues to follow Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) — who is, of course the uncle of Frodo (Wood) who was the star of LotR. So, Bilbo and company have been swept up into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Well having past the first part of their journey, the dauntless adventurers continue on their quest. Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, and the13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). on their epic quest to reclaim the Dwarf’s lost Kingdom.
Here in this installment they run smack up against the dragon Smaug, who is comfortably ensconced (Scrooge McDuck-like in a massive chamber overflowing with gold coins, treasures and priceless gem, all of which have been paid to him as tribute over the millennia (why a dragon needs gold is never explained, but then again, who really cares, it still makes for great storytelling). Sent in to acquire a very specific gem in all of the treasures Bilbo encounters the dragon and must resort to whatever cleverness he can muster to snatch up the gem and escape with his (and his friends’) lives.
As can be expected, the film is chock-a-block full of magnificent visuals, powerful action sequences, and thrilling set-pieces. We saw this film in a BTX theater (Bow-Tie’s answer to IMAX) in 3D, so yea, it was completely awesome to behold. If you are planning on seeing this film, we highly recommend that you see it in 3D and/or BTX/IMAX, as it totally enhances the experience.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.