But even though director Peter Jackson's latest installment of The Hobbit franchise clocks in at a whopping 2 hours and 41 minutes, it is a captivating spectacle. Yes, watching the magical elves try to reclaim their homeland--and a priceless jewel--from a dangerous and cunning dragon, battling Orcs and other villains along the way, is endless fun. Plus, the epic action scenes, man candy and unexpected humor are added bonuses.
Take a moment to admire Legolas (Orlando Bloom), giving Katniss Everdeen a run for her money with his impeccable bow and arrow swag. Swoooooon.
Elvenking Thranduil (Lee Pace) could cut a side eye like no other.
But Legolas considers that a challenge.
Benedict Cumberbatch's voice (as the titular dragon king) is scarier and more enchanting than most villains.
You've gotta admire these elves who'd risk their lives for each other under Smaug's wrath.
Even if Thorin (Richard Armitage) doesn't give not one f%ck about any of them, and would sooner feed one of them to Smaug if it means getting back his precious jewel.
Gandalf the Wizard (Ian McKellen) is still throwing his height around.
Oh Bilbo (Martin Freeman), how adorable is our little hero?
Nowhere near as charming as Kili (Aidan Turner).
And check out Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), fem elf gone rogue, coming in for the win. This scene makes me smile.
I just love that the ants from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids have finally been cast in something new.
Jackson managed to do something that I never thought was possible--make me care about a Hobbit tale. He also delivered one of the best cliffhangers of the year. Kudos to that.