Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman
The second in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is yet again another tribute to the craftsmanship behind the WETA team with it's amazing CGI and 3D effects. Bringing the world of J.R Tolkien to life on the big screen is no mean feat, especially when Tolkien literary traditionalists are watching your every move, so I take my hat off once again to Mr. Jackson and his wizards with another 3 hours of pure fantasy escapism.
Our merry band of adventures continue on towards the Lonely Mountain and meet up with woodland Elves, Giant Spiders, Beorn the skin-changer, more Orcs and of course introducing Smaug the Dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. We get to see Legolas again and the hottest Elf in Mirkwood, Tauriel played by Evangeline Lilly. Interesting to learn Tauriel is not in the book but someone that PJ and his wife Fran Walsh wrote into the film. A very risky move but I think it's payed off.
Three hours once again is not enough, the pace of the film keeps you in all the way and probably the stand out feature of the whole film would have to be Smaug and being inside the lonely mountain. The gold filled caverns and Smaugs bad breath will blow you away, and I swear if you look closely the floors are filled with gold Aussie 50 cent pieces. ROB