The adventure returns with a few problems

The adventure returns with a few problems

In a hole in the ground, there lived a — wait, I would start out like that if I were reviewing the book. But this movie is nothing like the book.

Instead, let me start by saying that “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second movie in director Peter Jackson’s trilogy based (loosely) on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit,” is a spectacular action/adventure movie. It is filled with fascinating new lands, exciting action sequences, wonderfully defined characters and one big dragon.

There’s just one problem: The title. This movie should not be called “The Hobbit.” It should be called “Peter Jackson’s fantasy dumping ground for bad ideas that somehow ends up being a good movie.” There are far too many differences between the movie and the book for me, a huge Tolkien fan, to even comprehend. I’m sure Tolkien is rolling over–nay, crying–in his grave. And so is my Tolkien nerd side.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the Desolation of Smaug. Some parts were a little extravagant, but otherwise, it was a really good movie. I especially enjoyed the film’s depiction of the town Esgaroth. Overall, I recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good, if a little over-the-top, movie.