This second instalment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy sees Bilbo Baggins (Freeman), Gandalf (McKellen), Thorin (Armitage) and their band of dwarf companions continue on their quest to Erebor.
I suppose it’s rather superfluous to delve too deeply into the plot because chances are if you are going to see The Hobbit…..or even thinking about seeing it…. you know what it’s about. We have journeyed through Jackson’s vision of Tolkien’s world for 12 years now so we pretty much know what to expect. And there is one very welcome return…..Legolas (Bloom) in all his eternally youthful Elvin glory.
The movie opens with the initial meeting of Gandalf and Thorin when Gandalf promises to return Lonely Mountain to him. We jump forward 12 months and the group are still questing towards their goal. As they approach the ancient, evil forest of Mirkwood, Gandalf tells them he has urgent business elsewhere and they must pass through the forest without his help. Then he disappears. We see him briefly throughout the movie but it’s all a bit mysterious what he is really up to.