Disappointment in Middle Earth: A Desolation of Smaug Review

The Liberation of the Geek

Warning: small spoilers for the film lie ahead, although not of major plot points (honestly though, go read the book if you’re worried about spoilers. It’s awesome)

I’m the first to admit that I am a Tolkien nerd. Case in point:

  • I have managed to read The Silmarillion without dissolving into tears or spontaneously passing out from boredom
  • For the entire cinematic release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I dragged my friends to see each movie on my birthday (my birthday is in late December) and then ended up seeing each movie at least two more times by myself
  • I have marathoned the extended edition DVDs
  • I sometimes find myself chanting The Black Speech of Mordor at people who irritate me
  • I can speak a little Elvish and enjoy yelling it at unwitting passerby and/or my dogs
  • I have been told that my Gollum impression is both terrifyingly…

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