Have you seen the second Hobbit movie yet? I promise it is better than the first one, and Smaug the dragon will not disappoint as he did in the first one. You just have to make it through half an hour of previews and commercials, and nearly 3 hours of movie to get there.

The ladies who accompanied me to the Desolation of Smaug had not seen the first in the Hobbit series, but I think still enjoyed this one. There is a very nice scene at the beginning of the movie that explains basically the entire plot of its prequel, which just goes to show how useless that entirely dragon-less movie was.

Golem was not in this installment in the series at all, and that made my “Tricksy Hobbitses” comments fall entirely flat on my companions’ ears. It’s too bad. They were hilarious.