Director: Peter Jackson
Writer: J.R.R. Tolkien
Main Characters: Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Richard Armitage (Thorin), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Necromancer), Aidan Turner (Kili), Manu Bennett (Azog)
Plot Summary: After successfully crossing the Misty Mountains, Bilbo, together with Thorin and his dwarf friends, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor from Smaug by uniting the dwalves with the Arkenstone. Being chased by Azog and his orc army, Thorin and company enters Mirkwood Forest without Gandalf with full of dangers, and there they get imprisoned by the Wood elves led by Legolas and Tauriel. Thanks to Bilbo’s ring and the aid of Bard, the descendant of last ruler of Dale who possesses the last black arrow to defeat Smaug, they survive the ambush from orcs and made to Lonely Mountain. In the meantime, Gandalf went to investigate Dol Guldur infested by orcs, realizing the true identity of the Necromancer–the return of Sauron. Bilbo, as a stealthy burglar, is sent to retrieve the Arkenstone, only ending up awakening Smaug who now is taking off to the Laketown to bring fire and death again.
Quick Reflection: Coolest dragon ever! I love the casting for the Hobbit, and there is no doubt about it. I was going through the Lord of the Rings trilogy last couple days, and in the Hobbit, we cannot expect the same epic feelings. The point is not to compare the Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings but to compare it to the original novel of Tolkien. Frankly I haven’t read the Hobbit yet, but there have been some concerns of people of Peter Jackson’s modification and addition to the original novel–I will talk briefly about this in Side Note.
For this movie, I would give 8 out of 10. Even though I loved the humour here and there, amazing casting and graphic, there were some parts where more thorough story development was needed. For instance, I am pretty sure the reveal of Sauron’s return on the MiddleEarth should have been given more significance than in the film. The reason as to why people in the Laketown were stopping Bard from getting the black arrow set up was not fully described either. After all, I don’t like being left hanging at the end of the movie–I just can’t wait for the next one!
Bard: You have no right to enter that mountain!
Thorin: I have the only right.
Bard: Dragonfire and ruin, that is what you’ll bring upon us! He cannot not see beyond his own desire!
Side Note: Frankly speaking, I couldn’t enjoy the movie 100% because I was aware of the fact that the character ‘Tauriel’ was not in the original book of Tolkien BEFORE THE MOVIE. I should have avoided any news articles prior, for every scene with Tauriel was a constant reminder for me that none of such thing could happen in the original scenario. Well, nonetheless, I still enjoyed Tauriel and Kili’s little affectionate moments 🙂
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