Desecration of Smaug: Why Hobbit 2 Sucks
First 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.