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?
The first in a prequel trilogy to the epic Lord of the Rings saga was met with much criticism. Be it due to Peter Jackson's decision to shoot it in HFR (High Frame Rate) format or its overstretched merrymaking, it didn't quite live up to the excpectations of many cynical moviegoers. With that said, did The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug do any better or was it a victim of middle movie-itis?
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. Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), attempts to break free from his cell in time to keep his family out of harm's way. Little did they know that even greater perils lie in wait for them all as legions of orcs lie in wait for the perfect chance to strike.