Almost a year ago exactly, Peter Jackson’s An Unexpected Journey opened to great financial success, but disappointed critically as many viewers failed to indulge in its epic length, the often trivial plot embellishments and frankly pointless high frame rate experimentation. Restrained by the trepidation that these failures provoked, The Desolation of Smaug failed to repeat its predecessor’s box-office triumph, but this gutsy sequel returns Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy to familiar ground – a bigger, bolder adventure with detailed characters and breathtaking action set pieces.
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Despite the universal acclaim surrounding his astonishing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth has been met with an unexpected degree of trepidation. Prior to its release audiences maintained positivity towards the director’s proven ability in bringing Tolkien’s iconic material onto the screen, but failed to consent to the idea of stretching one novel to fit three epics as well experimenting with HFR (high-frame-rate) technology.