Ahhhmazing! The second installment of ‘The Hobbit‘ was beautifully shot. It’s way better than the first one. It’s packed with action, humor and adventure. Especially in 3D, I highly recommend it. I left my world and walked into the magical world where hobbits, dwarves, elves and humans live side by side.
Yes, we get to see humans living in middle earth. No, seriously, I was sucked into that world. And Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas! Whoo hoo! The role he’s born to play! He’s so beautiful to drool over. If I wasn’t into elves then, I am now!
In ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,’ the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continue their journey to the mountain to reclaim it from the dragon Smaug. On the way to recapture the mountain, they’re hunted down by Orcs, of course. And they come across elves as well. At first, they weren’t on the side of the dwarves but as the film progresses, they chose to fight on their behalf. And for the first time, we get to see the inside of each kingdom. I even got to know the dragon. Who knew Smaug the dragon had a personality.
There’s one thing I noticed, a recurring theme in the movie. Everyone hates the dwarves. I don’t get it, they seem lovable but they’re painted as these greedy little people. When they finally gained access inside Erebor, the underground kingdom, it showed all the riches they stashed away from everyone. I guess they are greedy. I’m having second thoughts about the dwarves.
The action scenes were perfectly choreographed. Especially one scene where they fight off Orcs while being swept away in a river. It was so fun to watch. It definitely took skills to shoot that scene, well done Peter Jackson! Warning, the ending of the flick is a true cliffhanger. I was just watching and getting excited about what’s going to happen next and then it went black! I didn’t see it coming at all. I can’t wait for the next one. If you’re the type who can’t handle a cliffhanger, skip it.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,’ rolls out into theaters on December 13. Runs 161 min. Rated PG-13.