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Lamar reviews - The desolation of Smaug

There is only two kinds of movie goers. The ones that have been counting the days since An Unexpected Journey and the ones that have no idea what that is and could not care less. If you happen to be one of the latter group I am talking about the second of 3 Hobbit movies. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, after we got out of Bilbo Baggins dining room and started the adventure. We pick up where that one left off with Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves being chased by the Orcs as they try to get to the mountain to reinstate Thorin as King of Erebor.

Since Peter Jackson is making 9 hours’ worth of movies out of a 300 page book, there is room for some extras. In this movie Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom and Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly are brought in. I’m sure most fans, the ones that don’t speak fluent Elvish and have actually kissed a girl, are happy to see him. As a fan of Lost I was sure there was nothing Evangeline Lilly could do to make herself more attractive but I was wrong. Elf ears takes her to a new level. Needless to say I’m pretty sure what one of Carla’s stocking stuffers is going to be. They add a lot of action plus a possible love triangle when Tauriel is attracted to Kili, one of the dwarfs. Legalas is one of my favorite characters from The Rings but he is not mentioned in the Hobbit which is causing some controversy among Hobbit aficionados.

Another strong character is Bard, played by Luke Evans. He is a trader who smuggles the Dwarves into a town on the way to the mountain. All of this leads up to what is waiting inside the mountain. Smaug, the gigantic dragon that laid waste to Erebor and must be killed. Smaug is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch and he is awesome. When the people in the town find out the Dwarf’s mission they are afraid if the Dragon is disturbed he will return and destroy their town again. When you see the Dragon you will be impressed. I will say the Dragon talks a lot. He’s a lot like a James Bond villain. If you are going to kill Bilbo, stop talking to him and kill him.

I love these movies. I love all the action with arrows flying, clubs bashing, swords decapitating, and magic everywhere. But you would think with a horde of monstrous Orcs with numbers in the hundreds chasing a dozen or so Dwarfs you would think of these guys would get killed, or at least get a bad sprain.

It’s Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes and just like the first one, they could have cut 30 minutes and not lost a thing. That being said I still enjoyed the movie and can’t wait for the last one.

My Score: 5 Cold Buds

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