The trilogy continues from page 123 to page 252 of the 330 page book read my review here: “The Hobbit” by J.R. Tolkien.
In this episode, the dwarves and Bilbo set out through the Mirkwood Forest on the, relatively safe, Elf path toward their destination of Lonely Mountain where Thorin will claim his throne from the dragon, Smaug.
As they enter the forest, Gandalf takes off on an adventure of his own that the movie follows but the book does not, leaving the band of 13 to themselves through the forest.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a grand adventure filled with stunning special effects and an interesting story line. My only complaint, and I made it in my review of movie #1 is the white Orc, and his legions, chasing them. Except for setting up the “Lord of the Rings” movies, and providing excuses for additional violence and action, it has no place. The movie, by following Gandalf’s trip down south also sets up the Rings movies.
Fantasy violence interspersed with humor and brilliant effects make this movie fine for kids and adults. No f-words, in fact no cussing at all that I remember. Lots of action. A thrill ride from beginning to end.
The audience in the theater LOVED the movie. They were loud and interactive throughout. They clapped wildly at the ending which, in my opinion, was PERFECT, and they stayed until the very end talking about what they had just seen. THAT kind of audience makes going to the movies really fun!
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