This won’t be a full review. I’ll content myself in noting some major differences with the book, and a couple of standout scenes.
Among the main characters are Galadriel, Legolas, and Tauriel. None of these characters appear in the book The Hobbit. Tauriel is not even in The Lord of the Rings; she was made up for these movies.
This was a leftover concept from the movie version of The Lord of the Rings. An early concept was to take Arwen—the elf-maiden Aragorn was in love with—and make her a warrior and part of the fellowship of the ring. The fan backlash made them abandon that. So they snuck in Tauriel for The Hobbit.
As for standout scenes, considering the title of the movie, you shouldn’t be surprised if there’s . . . a battle? When Thorin Oakenshield and company charge into battle, it was an incredible moment in cinema. And it was great fun when Bard the bowman has only one arrow left to go up against the dragon Smaug the Golden.
I’ll let people say for themselves whether they like the movie. Just brace yourself if you see the movie first and then read the book, because the differences are huge.
And Jana, if you’re reading this, Beorn got ripped off again. Are they prejudiced against bears?
Nothing against Evangeline Lilly, who looked great as Tauriel
photo by Luigi Novi