Before I get started on this I offer the warning that there are several spoilers included.
Great Tolkien’s ghost! What did I just watch?
First of all I would like to say that I had high hopes for this film after being slightly disappointed by the first Hobbit movie. I enjoyed it but as a fan of the novel I felt that it was lacking something. The Desolation of Smaug just blew my mind on how absurd a film based around a beloved franchise can get.
I can overlook some of the ridiculous humor and I am more than happy to accept that they added things to the story in order to explain what Gandalf was doing while separate from the party. but sheesh, enough is enough. Read the rest of this entry
I am quite certain that my colleague Doctor Belmont will be posting his opinions on this film as well. In fact I am quite surprised that I actually beat him to it. Now on to my thoughts.
This film had problems, lots of them. Where should I even begin? Ah yes, the Tolkien lore. I know that many fans of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings novels will be going to see these films and for those fans who are obsessive about the lore I think that there will be some disappointment. The most blatant change that lovers of the books will notice is that Azog, a goblin chieftain, is placed as the major villain for this installment. That’s right folks, a goblin who is dead in the novels is alive and well and is chasing our party of hapless dwarves. This leads to some dramatic alterations of several scenes that we are familiar with in the novel including the trip to Rivendell and the treetop escape.