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From here on out, I am just going to call it Hobbit 2. You will have to deal with it and like it. Now that we got that out of the way…sadly I only got to see it in 3D. No IMAX nor HFR this time around. But you don’t need those to enjoy a movie, right? RIGHT?!
Nope! But it would’ve been better if it was focused. The first 5-10 minutes were a bit blurry that they even stopped the movie to fix the lens. The problem wasn’t completely fixed so I cannot attest to the pretty that the movie could’ve brought but it still looked great!
Of course, the first person you see in the film is Peter Jackson. Is that important? Not really, but just know this is his film. I say that because I was told it branches away from the original material. Having not read the book, I am not sure how much it strays away or how much is from the extra Tolkien books he used to make a better film experience. Regardless…I can’t imagine this film being condensed. There is so much story and interesting stuff going on; there is no way this could be a single or double film.
Only one small scene in the beginning seems like it could’ve been left out. My guess is that the character introduced here either had a lot of deleted scenes or will have a significant role in the third film. I am betting on the latter and I am a-okay with that!
While it doesn’t rival my favorite ladder escape from the Goblin King, there were quite a-many entertaining action singles from the barrel escape to Smaug. It is very good balancing the dwarf-funny fighting and good action. Though I’d venture to say this one was more violent. The first one gave hint of a decapitation and in this one, full-on slices with heads a-flying! It is fair to say this is the darker of the two. I can only imagine how the third will turn out when it all breaks loose!
As for Smaug, I thought the ring was going to be the reason for him talking but I guess dragons talk in this world. The voice works great and he looks crazy menacing! He reminds me of the red dragon from the cover of old D&D books but minus that vivid red. Though he has arm wings and not just separate wings and arms. It totally works.
Unlike the previous movie I saw, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hobbit 2 sort of teases you but in a good way before closing out. You do more than just see and talk with Smaug. There is a very long/elaborate sequence of the great dragon before the film ends. I am also pleasantly surprised on how it left off. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off in a decent place but I couldn’t help but feel like a big cliffhanger. This time around, Peter Jackson found a better place to end it and get you revved up for the next one!
In the end, you got fun times, new places & people, great action, fun action, incredible bad guys, and good guys you want to cheer for. What more could you ask for from a holiday (or any) movie? I will say that Hobbit 2 did not leave me with as epic of feeling as the first one did. Even watching the first three times in the theater and once at home this weekend, it still felt epic and amazing. This sequel is still a good movie to see though but obviously seeing the first is recommended. They don’t reference much of what happened in the first but they have a quick flash back to tell you why they are on the journey…but how else will you know all the dwarves names?!
You do know all the dwarves names, right?