Tim Davidson

 Staff Writer

Though I am sure the movie will win countless awards, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug gets my vote for one craziest movies I have ever seen. Everyone who enjoys action or fantasy movies should see it immediately. I went to see it on the night right after it premiered and  thought it was a masterpiece.

The movie is set in the fictional land of Middle-Earth. Bilbo Baggins, an unlikely hobbit from the Shire, tags along on a perilous journey with the 13 dwarves of Erebor, who have come to reclaim their homeland. Bilbo, hesitant to join, decides to join the adventure. Midway through The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo encounters the twisted creature Gollum in the caves below a goblin kingdom, where he finds the accursed One Ring of Power which gets destroyed in later stages. In the new movie, Gandalf abandons the dwarves at the entrance to the dark forest of Mirkwood. Once they get back to the Mountain, they are going to have Bilbo help reclaim the mountain from the dragon, Smaug. The movie starts off tense, and ends extremely tense.

From the moment the movie begins, you get sucked into the wonder and magic of Middle-Earth. You feel like you are in the movie with the dwarves, the men, Bilbo Baggins, and Gandalf the Grey. The movie also helps to set up a lot of the background information behind the story in the Lord of the Rings, like how the One Ring of Power was found. There is even a scene where Gandalf first finds out who is creeping in the shadows and is devising his evil plot to take over the world with darkness and death. That evil individual is Sauron.

If you are new to the series and haven’t had any experience with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or the other Hobbit movie, here are some tips: Don’t get too caught up in the little details and complicated names of the places, or alternate names for the characters; just try to understand the key details. Don’t get too comfortable, because you never know what reaction the next scene will bring. Lastly, take time to admire the pure beauty of the land, as the movie was filmed in the gorgeous location of New Zealand. I hope one of the things you really appreciate from watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is the majestic landscape in which it was filmed.

The movie is funny, riveting, crazy, terrifying, gorgeous, and full of life. There is nothing like the feeling of being immersed in the story with the characters. The characters are ones to remember. They never give up because they have that spirit of adventure that propels them forward, no matter what stands in their way.

The world is rich, the people are colorful, and you genuinely become scared for Bilbo and the Dwarves when they face the big, bad, fire-breathing dragon, Smaug.

The movie could appeal to many different audiences, not just hardcore Tolkien fans. The movie is clear and understandable for everybody, coinciding with the book that was meant for young audience. It did get scary at times, and if you have a bad fear of spiders, either cover your eyes or don’t watch this movie. However, If you just like the feeling of watching a movie on edge of your seat, I highly recommend it.

All together, I just had a really fun time watching that movie on the big screen. With one more Hobbit movie on the way, (arriving December 17th, 2014.) I think the Hobbit Trilogy will complement the epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy.



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