The Desolation of Smaug opens this week and I’m PSYCHED OUT OF MY MIND.

A lot of folks were very critical of An Unexpected Journey due to its length. The general consensus seems to be that it could have been heavily edited. In other words, it was a three-hour movie that didn’t need to be a three-hour movie. Personally, the movie gave me everything I wanted. I got to spend approximately 180 minutes in a world I fell in love with through the Lord of the Rings films, and I’m ready to visit that world again during the newest Hobbit film.

If you’re not as psyched to see The Desolation of Smaug as I am (and you need some encouragement before being roped in to see the movie with your friends), allow me to give you three reasons why you should be excited for this movie:

3 Reasons To Be Psyched For “The Desolation Of Smaug”

The Desolation of Smaug will have more action. Don’t believe me? Then watch this trailer. Still don’t believe me? Then listen to this: not only is there a freaking awesome dragon in this movie (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, no less), but there’s also a MAN BEAR. That’s right. There’s a man who is also a bear. He’s a man bear. Or a bear man. Either way, he’s going to be awesome.

Legolas is BACK. You wanna know why Legolas is my favorite character from LotR? Because of this. Did you see that?! He stabbed that orc in the FACE with an arrow, and then he used that same arrow to shoot another orc! That takes skill, people. So, if you’re a Legolas fan like me, be psyched! There will be more arrow-shooting goodness from our favorite elf!

There’s a new soundtrack to listen to! The Lord of the Rings soundtracks are as epic as the movies, and the soundtrack to the first Hobbit movie continued this magnificent trend. I’ve been listening to the Unexpected Journey soundtrack in my car ALL YEAR LONG. It’s added a nice “epic fantasy” vibe to my commute through the mean streets of Chillicothe, OH.  Seriously.  You should try it.

If you’re still not convinced that The Desolation of Smaug will be any good, then I don’t know what to tell ya. You’re probably dead inside.

Are you excited for the new Hobbit movie? Why or why not?