The general public has developed some obsessive need for trilogies, so as a result this 300 page book has been dragged out into roughly nine hours of film.
SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK OR SEEN THE MOVIE!
Now, arguably a single movie would’ve rushed through what is a lot of plot for just 300 pages. But a sequel would’ve sufficed, not a whole Lord of the Rings-sized trilogy. So they stretched it out with a mix of stuff from The Silmarillion and Peter Jackson’s butt. One of the biggest examples of this is Azog, the white orc. He is briefly mention in The Silmarillion, but for the sake of having a main antagonist , he was thrown into the movie. Mostly everything he does in the movie is done by nameless goblins in the book, including the end scene when the orcs come in riding Wargs (giant wolves).
What makes including Azog redeemable is that the movie ties in the flashback of Thorin’s battle against the orcs where he uses a piece of oak for a shield (hence the name Oakenshield).
Another character that was thrown in is Radagast, the brown wizard. He is mentioned only once in the book, but is a relatively significant character in the movie. The main redeemable reason for throwing him in is comic relief. He is portrayed as a crazy hermit who lives in the woods, talks to animals, and smokes a lot of “herbs” from his pipe. When Gandalf mentions him to Saruman he says that Radagast eats too many mushrooms. So he’s also tripping balls.
There’s some other things that were thrown in mainly to eat up time, such as the intro with old Bilbo reminiscing and a Frodo cameo in the background. Plus there are a few scenes establishing what Gandalf is going to be doing in the majority of the next two movies since he’s not in a good chunk of The Hobbit. Overall, the movie’s entertaining and well made, just too long. It ends at a good point though, with a majority of the adventure ahead of it.
Which means the sequel will be a lot more eventful, and much more worthy of a nerd boner!