The Family Reviews The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

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Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: Bilbo Baggins and a band of Dwarves continue their quest to reclaim their homeland of Eberon.

Brigette: The Hobbit saga continues.

Morgan: The sequel to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Gable: The second film in the series of film adaptations of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.


Pete & Brigette: Fantasy/Adventure

Morgan: Action/Fantasy

Gable: Family/Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Tauriel because of her determination and impressive battle and healing skills.

Brigette: Balin because he is wise and kind.

Morgan: Bilbo because he was quick-thinking and never gave up.

Gable: Bilbo Baggins because, although he was afraid, he did what was asked of him.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Smaug because of his greed and destructive tendencies.

Brigette: Smaug because he is greed personified.

Morgan: Smaug because he was greedy and simply evil.

Gable: The orcs because they were unnecessarily mean and they kind of grossed and freaked me out at the same time.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: It was intense and edge-of-your-seat action the whole way through.

Brigette: We’ve been waiting a long time to see this film and I was excited immediately.

Morgan: It grabbed me immediately and it was intense the whole way through.

Gable: At first, it was a bit dull but, as soon as the forest came into it, it got intense. Through practically all of the film, you were kept on the edge of your seat. I liked that about this film.

Favorite quote:

Alfred: “You’ll do well to remember that we know where you live”
Bard: “It’s a small town Alfred; everyone knows where everyone lives.”

Kili: “Aren’t you going to search me? I could have anything down my trousers.”
Tauriel: “Or nothing.”

Morgan: “Such is the nature of evil; out there in the vast ignorance of the world it festers and spreads. A shadow that grows in the dark. A sleep less malice as black as the oncoming wall of night. So it ever was, so will it always be. In time, all foul things come forth.” – Thranduil

Thorin: “I’m not my grandfather.”
Balin: “Well you’re not yourself.”

What would you change?

Pete: The ending…it left me feeling ripped off.

Brigette: The fact that they feel the need to make 3 separate films for one book!

Morgan: The ending.

Gable: The fact that sometimes the elves spoke in English and other times in Elvish. I’d make them just only speak English.

How was the soundtrack?

Brigette: Once again, beautifully scored by Howard Shore. You can listen to the whole thing on YouTube here.

How does the film compare to the book?

Pete: From what I remember of the book (I read the book in 1980), it is close-ish.

Brigette: This film is very entertaining but it really pales in comparison to the book.

Morgan: The book is from Bilbo’s perspective, whereas the film is more about the dwarves.

Is it part of a series and have you seen the rest of the series?

Pete: I’ve seen the first “Hobbit” film and the Lord of The Ring series.

Brigette: We have seen the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Gable: I have seen the first film in this series but, in intensity, this one was much better, and I am hanging out for the third one.

Have you watched other films by the same director/actor?

Brigette: I’ve lost a lot of respect for Peter Jackson with these films. I thought he was more interested in making great films than following Hollywood trends.

How was the ending?

Pete: I’m still waiting for it… coming at the end of this year… The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Brigette: I have never been more disappointed to see a cliffhanger.

Morgan: Very disappointing.

Gable: It left you hanging out for the third one and a little upset that they didn’t put the third part into this one.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Don’t let greed or fear take control.

Brigette: Greed does terrible things to people.

Morgan: Never give up.

Gable: Friends are not your friends when they go off to get what they want and not stay to save your life.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Fans of the first Hobbit film.

Brigette: Short men because of all the positive role models for them in this film.

Morgan: Those who have read the book and want to find out more about the dwarf’s point of view or those who have seen the first hobbit film.

Gable: People who enjoyed the first film and people who are currently going through stressful times in their lives.

Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Bilbo Baggins Won’t Eat His Cereal

Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty) New Holland Brewing’s Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)

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When was the last time you were blinded by greed?

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