The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Director Peter Jackson’s fifth foray into the land of Middle Earth, entitled “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” hits theatres December 13.

This movie has the honor of being the middle child of the “Hobbit” trilogy. What this typically means is, if you haven’t seen the first one, there isn’t time to explain it to you, and most likely the end doesn’t resolve much except moving our main characters along geographically and emotionally. Which is exactly what happened here.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Ten years ago, Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings” to the big screen. It garnered numerous awards, including Academy Awards, and boosted the careers of actors within the movie, such as Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and make Sir Ian McKellan a household name.

Peter Jackson is back with the prequel to the trilogy, “The Hobbit.” The 300 page book has been made into three full length movies, using material from the appendices of the original trilogy to beef up the content.hobbit

The story follows a company of 14, made up of a single hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, BBC’s “Sherlock”), and 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage, BBC’s “MI-5”), to reclaim the dwarves home Erebor from the dragon Smaug, and the treasure within the mountain. Bilbo is recruited by Gandalf (McKellan) to be the group’s burglar. Continue reading “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”