5 Reasons to See 'The Hobbit' (Besides Benedict Cumberbatch)

It's here, it's here! The time to return to Middle Earth for the second installment in the three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to The Lord of the Rings is finally upon us. After a year of getting excited for Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug, enjoying many second breakfasts in honor of Bilbo Baggins, and finding out that Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly got wasted with the film's dwarves during production, the day we've all been waiting for is finally here. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened in theaters Friday and we couldn't be more excited about it.

The Desolation of Smaug has significantly more action than The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey and, of course, the wildly popular fan-favorite Benedict Cumberbatch's name attached, but there are a lot more reasons to get to the nearest theater to see the film. Beyond the beautiful and majestic shooting locations, incredible digital effects, and a long and delightful trip down a river in wooden barrels, the film has some subtle — and even more fun — bits to suck anyone in.

Whether you're a fan of Tokien or not, the five reasons below that are going to make us go see the film for a second time will convince you to see it at least once this weekend:

Lee Pace's Eyebrows

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Move over Cara Delevingne, there's a new blonde with dark bushy brows in town and his name is Lee Pace. What is it about Elven kings that make them so delectably bitchy? Probably their perfect hair and those damn eyebrows — either way, Lee Pace's dark brows are the shining star (pun intended) of Mirkwood.

Aragog's Alive?!

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I THOUGHT YOU DIED IN HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE?! Now you're back and terrorizing Middle Earth with your millions of spawn? God damnit, Aragog.

The Sexy Dwarf

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Kíli son of Dís and nephew of Thorin Oakenshield — also known as Kíli the hot dwarf that's so attractive he can make any female in Middle Earth fall in love with him. We're serious. Benedict Cumberbatch love aside, the promise of three hours of Aiden Turner should be enough to get you to run to the nearest theater.

Orlando Bloom Jumping On Things

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The epic amount of jumping Orlando Bloom's Legolas does from object to object for extended periods of time is astounding. Some of those objects include the heads of dwarves and orcs alike. He truly flies — and spins, twirls, and flips — through the air with the greatest of ease, all while decapitating his enemies.

All That Gold

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This is what I imagine the inside of Pitbull's mansion looks like. So by association, Benedict Cumberbatch's dragon is actually Pitbull and Middle Earth is actually Miami. The scenes shot inside the dwarvish kingdom under the Lonely Mountain are stunning because of the inexplicable amount of gold covering the floors. Bilbo basically skis down mountains of the stuff and Smaug just rolls around in it and sleeps with it piled on top of him. It's the most expensive sandbox you've ever seen.

Check out The Hobbit. You won't regret it.

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