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‘Desolation of Smaug’ short of desolating, step up for Hobbit 2

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emann@pvdemocrat.com — Geek Wars, episode two: Attack on the Lord of the Rings Clone - There is unrest on the various forms of social media all over the internet and several purists have announced their intentions to gripe about all of the changes Peter Jackson has made to the latest chapter. This by the book movement, under the leadership of a Dungeons and Dragons group that regularly meets in the Arby’s booth next to the restroom has made it difficult for people to enjoy what is admittedly something that is milking a one part novel by making it a trilogy.

This reviewer, once an avid book reader before computer exposure fried his brain, is returning to the land of the interwebs to try and separate what is actually a step up from the first film without riling the army of the annoyed from the story that inspired it in the first place. That said, the wait for the most part was actually worth it and though I could be frustrated that there was much less desolation than the title suggested, it felt like a lot more was actually accomplished than the introductory tale. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” brings us a bit closer to the characters and though it certainly adds quite a bit of what was not there, in a way helps tie the overall universe neatly together cinematically speaking.

After backtracking again to remind the audience of why the story started in the first place, this chapter picks up with eager to be dwarf king, Thorin (Richard Armitage) and his company being trailed again by invent-a-villain, Azog (Manu Bennett). Since the party can’t travel by map in a quick musical montage to the Dwarves home under the mountain, they must face danger once again, though at least for a few minutes with the help of a giant bear of a man named Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt).

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