The Hobbit franchise has certainly been an innovator of late, and continues to do so in this film with stunning action sequences, solid themes, and a dedication to detail only Peter Jackson can do..PlotHobbit 2 continues almost immediately where the first left off and does very little (none) to reintroduce you to the characters from the first film expecting you to remember all 13 of the dwarves and all the side characters. The plot is taken from the Hobbit itself and various other writings from Tolkien and matches them together weaving a tale about Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves returning to the Lonely Mountain, along with the rise of Sauron. The only problem is the pacing of the film.
Where the Lord of the Rings trilogy had 3 separate books and could offer 3 acts per movie with short term problems being sorted out by the end, the Hobbit is one story split into 3 parts. Being the middle film of the trilogy doesnt do much to help in that..PerformanceThe film goes out of its way to give each character a moment of their own like in the prior film. giving no one really any time to hog the limelight. Legolas does make an extended appearance but it just borders on feeling forced but is still welcome to the eyes to see Orlando Bloom reprise the role.
Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman do and excellent job as Thorin and Bilbo respectivly, giving both well deserved depth. But if I had to pick the stand out performances, I would give them to Aiden Turner as Kili and Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel. Their small romance actually brought a tear to my eyes and their performances were excellent..ThemesIn the film I would say there were a few themes carried from the first but the biggest one is the idea of corruption. As we see Bilbo take the ring and begin to feel the weight of his burden. As we see Thorin begin to take the gravity of the situation and the other characters constantly remind him of how his grandfather died from his own greed, we start to see him become possessed by the quest.
Tensions rising is a sub theme as we see the hintings at the necromancer and the strange relationship between the elves and the dwarves.,CinematographyAs usual, the cinematography is a wonder to behold as it is the work of Peter Jackson. My only gripe is the heavy CGI at 48 frames per second. All films are shot in 24 frames per second and The Hobbit is shot in 48 frames which is a wonder for the still scenes and the amount of detail, but in the heavy CGI moments with fast action, its hard to focus sometimes..Suspension of DisbeliefUnlike the last film, I was glued to my chair and didn’t question the extended sequence of Bombur taking on dozens of orcs single-barrely or the fast melting point of gold. I loved each minute could sit through another 3 hours if there was more.