Desecration of Smaug: Why Hobbit 2 Sucks

hobbit_desolation_of_smaug_posterFirst off, I should tell you I didn’t care much for the much-praised Lord of the Rings. I thought that book was a step down from The Hobbit, a fantasy book I loved. Why they didn’t start with the best and original book I’ll never know. The film trilogy was much worse than the book, however, and just peppered wall-to-wall with mindless violence. How many ugly orcs do you want to see savagely dismembered and killed in two hours? After a few hundred, I just have to yawn and say “who cares?” And that’s the problem with films with no real human characters and completely one dimensional villains. The plots are just vehicles to lead into epic battle scenes and there are very few real emotional moments, just tons of violence and gore, all done with computerized images.
The books were intended as allegories of the second World War. The orcs and their various accomplices were intended to represent the rise of fascism. But the reality is fascism and Communism were funded by the same banks as a managed dialectic. Wars are actually orchestrated to make money. Wouldn’t it have been a lot more interesting if the book revealed some of these hidden truths rather than just playing into the mind traps? The real dark sorcerers are the ones running the banking system.
The fascists were not ugly monsters, although many of their concepts certainly were completely selfish at heart and lacked all human compassion. The fascists wanted a world where corporations were free to commit any crime in pursuit of profit. After WWII, many of the worst elements of Nazi Germany were imported into the west. The CIA, for example, was constructed with the assistance of entire Nazi spy networks that were moved intact to the CIA’s operational control. Hundreds of Nazi spooks and scientists were given new identities and secretly moved around in what the Pentagon called “Operation Paperclip.”
I have a couple of kids and they love these Hobbit action movies and can’t understand why I require real story lines with real characters who develop and grow during a voyage of discovery. But everything in these Hobbit films is black and white as possible, which makes for boring propaganda films. This latest movie is so overblown and puffed with hot air that it never emotionally engaged me in any significant way. When we were walking out, my son asked me, “what was your favorite scene?” I could not think of one. The dragon was absolutely ridiculous and not the least bit scary, especially since he spoke with a clipped British accent. And I love dragons.
Naturally, they managed to get a bunch of really positive reviews out initially, all saying this episode was a lot better than the first and filled with action and so on. Expect to see a lot more savage reviews like mine soon. So don’t believe the hype. In another year this mediocre film will be on cable television. Wait for its appearance there because it’s not worth the price of the ticket in my opinion.

8 Replies to “Desecration of Smaug: Why Hobbit 2 Sucks”

  1. i am 62 a great fan of the books this 2nd hobbit movie was a huge disappointment..i give the director license to change the book some..but this was stupidly done unless you are a violence loving 10 year old boy..use of the same scene types as his other movies..battles that did not exist in the book…cowboy and indian style antics of elves killing affair between an elf queen type and a dwarf (a la aragorns in the trilogy)..this was a major loser..the more i think about it the more pissed off i get..the director should be tarred and feathered

  2. Yes, I know the movie made tons of profit, but the competition for holiday movies was incredibly dismal this year. If you like to watch CGI, this is the movie for you. If you like great films with three dimensional characters and inventive plots, this falls far short of the mark. Just because it is popular, doesn’t make it good.

      1. To be influenced by something does not mean you are being allegorical; obvious the two world wars had an impact on the cration of his plot and even his cosmos: he was a soldier in the first and a witness to the second.

      2. Tolkien had this to say in the forward to the Lord of the Rings. It was a big topic of disagreement between Tolkien and his close friend, C.S. Lewis.
        “But I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history, true or feigned, with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse ‘applicability’ with ‘allegory’; but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.
        An author cannot of course remain wholly unaffected by his experience, but the ways in which a story-germ uses the soil of experience are extremely complex, and attempts to define the process are at best guesses from evidence that is inadequate and ambiguous.”

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