Finally, at long last, the day we waited for all year – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in theaters. We thoroughly enjoyed the first one though I say it was just a tiny bit loooooooong.
Of course, we finally had a date night and the theater was too packed for an early showing so we ended up going to a 10 PM showing. 10 PM…3 hour movie…crazy. But hey, we don’t get to pretend we are young and carefree that much so why not? I was excited to see a few of my favorites back. Okay, fine. Pretty much only Legolas. I did love the addition of a female Elf Warrior although I kind of get tired of them adding a “strong female character who breaks molds” to every single movie. I’m sorry. I just don’t see what it can hurt to actually stay true to a story sometimes.
The first half of the movie was a little dull I have to admit. First it started in the past which makes it difficult to remember where you left off and where they are suppose to be picking up. Jumping around in times tends to confuse me anyway so this just made it even harder for me to catch up. About half way through the show I thought it was suppose to be over. It wasn’t. Nowhere close. After one ridiculously unrealistic scene in what is obviously already a movie based in an alternate reality, the movie got really good. Which makes me wonder, isn’t it a little crazy for an unrealistic movie to have an unrealistic scene? Anyway, we make it through the first half, tired but alive and seriously tired of the Orcs showing up. Those things are about enough to give me nightmares. However, we all know it just wouldn’t be The Hobbit without Orcs.
With a few crazy fight scenes, a little bit of love and angst, a very long journey, and one very large crazy dragon, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ends quite abruptly. Like, “will the town survive” and then the screen goes black kind of abruptly.
The Hobbit is rich with lessons we all can take home – with loyalty, doing things for the right reasons, making good choices, and unconditional love being at the top.
I would give The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3 stars. 3 because while the first half didn’t seem so well put together, the last half was edge of your seat, great graphics, amazing.
P.S. The dragon is pretty much the most awesome creation in the whole movie.