The unexpected journey of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins continues in this 2nd installment in what I was surprised to learn was a trilogy of Hobbit movies. When I saw the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I thought it was much too long and full of unnecessary filler. Unfortunately, I have run into the same problem again with this film. This movie is bloated and does not have any reason to be as long as it is. Once again in order to fill out the required trilogy order, Peter Jackson the director continues to drag the film out and this results in a pleasing yet dull movie. I believe the two movies The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug could have been edited down to one awesome film, and the final scene that one movie should have been the revelation of Smaug with his eye irising open. Then the second film could encompass the showdown between Bilbo and Smaug and showcase the battle of the five armies.
What we get instead is Bilbo continuing his journey through Middle Earth with Gandalf and his band of merry dwarves to reach the Lonely Mountain, so the dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield can reclaim is Kingdom Under the Mountain. Along the way they battle giant spiders, wood elves, man and a giant dragon on their quest to reclaim the kingdom and all the treasure still within it. The movie then ends rather abruptly, and you are left wanting more, but in an angry kind of way. It didn’t end in a Walking Dead kind of way where you are going “Holy shoot! I can’t wait too see what happens next!” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ends with, “I can’t believe they wasted all those minutes on unnecessary stuff and now they are going to make me what a year to see the end!”
It has been awhile since I have bashed a movie, but I have to admit I still enjoyed it. The action scenes in the movie are great and I like the characters, but all of the fat around it takes away from what should have been a great film. These movies can’t touch the Lord of the Rings trilogy in my opinion. The public seems to disagree because it is making tons of money. The one word I would use to describe this film is underwhelming. It’s a great spectacle, but there is not enough story to justify three films.
I liked this episode better than the first, but the grade I am issuing is lower than the first film because it reflects my overall view of the films combined.