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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Promises More


More than a few Tolkien fans were disappointed with the first installment of The Hobbit. For one thing, the film was long enough that watching it in its entirety necessitated blocking out an entire afternoon in your schedule. Shockingly, director Peter Jackson was reportedly forced to cut quite a bit of footage before the theatrical release of The Hobbit. It boggles the mind to consider how long the movie might have been without the final cuts. Fans also decried Jackson’s choice to break the movie into three separate films, creating a Hobbit trilogy. Many suspect that it was an arrogant and financially driven decision. After all, Jackson was somehow able to condense each of the Lord of the Rings novels into a single film; why is The Hobbit any different? Frankly, turning it into a trilogy spreads the story rather thin and the first Hobbit film suffered from crawling plot development as a result.

But fans have good reason to be excited for the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, if only because the audience will finally get to see the legendary dragon Smaug in all his fiery glory. Movie goers will also get to know characters in the film better. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) was the clear focus of the first film with Gandalf (Ian McKellen) commanding attention in small bursts. But the new Hobbit will hopefully give viewers a chance to learn more about some of the other characters which are featured prominently in Tolkien’s book including the thirteen dwarves who accompany Bilbo on his journey. And of course, fans are looking forward to the new Hobbit having a quicker pace. If Jackson is adamant about his films nearing the three hour mark, he needs to also ensure that the action of the film keeps audiences from nodding off in their popcorn.