The second installment in the trilogy --
While the first film felt overly dark and somewhat claustrophobic -- with an extended action scene unfolding deep in a sprawling cave -- the new film harkens back to the sweeping vistas and outdoor action that Jackson employed in the "Lord of the Rings" productions.
There are other similarties to Jackson's earlier Tolkien adaptation.
Judging from the trailer, the archer Legolas will enjoy significant screen time, the part that made Orlando Bloom a star from
And even though the creatures in the first "Hobbit" movie were impressive, in the new film we will see more of Jackson's epic design for Smaug, the giant dragon voiced by