Regretting what perils his companions had and have yet to endure to be rid of the Ring of Power in his possession, Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) said I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. But surely anybody who can even remotely appreciate a masterful fantasy epic has sentiments to the contrary. Without the tragic circumstances in which the good-natured, peace-loving hobbit finds himself, we would be without one of the greatest film sagas of all time. This is a movie about an ordinary hobbit facing extraordinary circumstances with a slew of unlikely companions.
In contrast to the first film, The Two Towers is considerably darker, focusing on awe-inspiring action sequences rather than character development. Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue their perilous journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. Unprotected, Frodo's resolve weakens as the Ring gets closer to its true master. Darkness rises once again in Middle-earth as the Dark Lord's Army marches towards the city of Gondor. The broken fellowship must make new allies to survive their encounter with Ringwraiths, battle the evil wizard Saruman's terrifying Uruk Hai army and defend Rohan. Thus begins the War of the Ring.
The line I'm going on an adventure uttered by none other than Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) himself masterfully summarizes the plot of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. For while there is the gargantuan task of reclaiming the lost kingdom of Erebor from the claws of Smaug, Bilbo's lighthearted yet sincere outlook serves as the heart of the story. With its hyper-realistic visuals, lengthy runtime and box office record-breaking pedigree, this film has had fans clamoring for plenty of reasons. The question is, will the film stand the test of time or will it simply be remembered as a good movie with a bloated budget?"
Part two of the Hobbit Trilogy picks up right where An Unexpected Journey left off. After passing through the Misty Mountains within an inch of their lives, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the dwarven company continue their trek to the Lonely Mountain. But first they must enlist the help of a powerful ally to survive the dangers that lurk within Mirkwood forest, travel to Esgaroth upon the Long Lake and locate the hidden entrance that leads to the treasure trove of fearsome dragon Smaug.
The conclusion to the grand adventure of hobbit-turned-master-burglar Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) alongside the dwarven company led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their home under the mountain secure, the companions have unwittingly put the people of Lake-town in danger after the fearsome dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) was driven out of his treasure trove. Driven by rage, the dragon has begun to rain down fire upon defenseless townspeople.