If you're a Hobbit superfan you may want to look away, as the video embedded here shreds into Peter Jackson's first sequel in the trilogy:



It’s pretty easy to make fun of The Hobbit. Each of the films, including the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, come in at around three hours long, while they’re also slightly pompous and filled with moments that are borderline ridiculous. Still, even though it’s easy that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be done. And if you’re looking for a team of people to rip apart a film there’s no one better at doing it than Honest Trailers. Check out their honest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug above.

There’s not a lot that you can disagree with when it comes to Honest Trailers’ takedown of the second installment in The Hobbit series. Despite his stupendous work on Lord Of The Rings’ The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King right back at the start of the millennium, (which even as I’m typing this has reminded me just how long Peter Jackson has become entrenched in the franchise), it has been hard to get overly excited about The Hobbit adventures in the last two years. The team over at Honest Trailers even sum Peter Jackson up perfectly when they declare that he just "doesn’t know when to quit."

In fact The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is so bloated and overlong that even the characters involved in the film are bored. At numerous points throughout the adventure they can each be spotted declaring just how long their trek has been and lamenting the fact that they’re still nowhere near the end of it yet. Meanwhile, it’s also noted just how bloody boring most of the fellowship in The Hobbit are - especially when compared to the likes of Frodo Baggins, Aragon, Boromir, Merry, Samwise, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, and Pippins’ gallant journey over a decade ago. It isn’t just the characters that are weak, though, as The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is packed to the rafters with action set-pieces that just feel unimportant and simply seem to stall the actual plot. Yes, they might be fun and tense for a moment, but you can’t help but feel that some of them consist of exactly the same sort of scenes and could easily have been chopped out.

Then there are the flashbacks. The endless array of flashbacks, which become so laughable even Peter Jackson makes fun of their constant appearances by sticking a flashback inside a flashback. Clearly he was just taking the piss by this point. Honest Trailers also found time to have a dig at the fact that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug not only creates an entire sub-plot for Gandalf, but manages to age Legolas even though it’s a prequel, makes Sauron boring, and has a conclusion that is so laughable that you would laugh if there wasn’t another frigging film left to go. By this point I’m more excited for Honest Trailers’ takedown of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies than the film itself.

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