I’ve seen all three Lord of the Rings movies multiple times. I’ve seen the first Hobbit movie. However, I had an incredibly hard time trying to make sense of what was going on in this one most of the time, partly due to the majority of the dialog sounding like a recitation of Dungeons & Dragons fan fiction.**
Plus, it’s the middle movie of the series, and you know how much those bother me plotwise.
**This is the first Tolkien-based movie I’ve had this problem with.
I’m no Benedict Cumberbatch fan by any means…he kind of creeps me out. But, I have to admit he was a really good choice for the voice of Smaug. It was a perfect fit. Speaking of perfect fits, Martin Freeman still does a great job here, too, but there were just too many other characters that weren’t properly introduced, weren’t given enough to do, or felt shoehorned in.
The CGI seemed a little better this time around when it came to things like Smaug and the orcs.
Obviously none of that going on here.
Although I’ve still only seen it once, the first Hobbit movie grew on me in the weeks after I reviewed it. I’m hoping to enjoy the third film as well, because it will have actual plot resolution (something this one lacked). Therefore, I’m being lenient in this section because, if I decide to watch the whole set in the future, this one will be required viewing.