The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
A scene from New Line Cinema’s and MGM's fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

The adventure continues for the courageous hobbit; Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who is accompanied by wizard Gandalf The Gray (Ian McKellen) and thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). As we remember, the group set out for the Kingdom of Erebor in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) to start the three film series which was based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ventures through many new destinations and revisits some old.

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In my perspective, the suspense from the book was always about the dreaded dragon named Smaug, who was lurking in the Lonely Mountain guarding his treasures. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug delivered this perspective and then some. Director Peter Jackson really displays the destruction path Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) has raged over the years and the threat he still poses on my others. The story focuses strongly on the dwarves reclaiming what was once theirs, but also touches on the evil darkness building strength elsewhere. This darkness has been called “The One” and he, Sauron shows his hand on the plans to start a war with his growing army. Much of these details lead the viewers on the events that unfold prior to The Lord of the Rings series. I found it to be very interesting connecting the dots on the big screen instead on my imagination. Peter Jackson is able to create this imagination to a reality and does yet another outstanding job.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is very engaging throughout with a touch of humor. The film keeps the audience entertained and on the edge of their seats, which wasn’t done as well in An Unexpected Journey. There were a few scenes done a bit over the top, where fan favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom) does his usual acrobatic marksman shots with his bow. At times, Legolas displays interest in another elf named; Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) who has a strong affection towards another. The two elves pair well together and bring some awesome action scenes to the table. As in all of Middle Earth movies, The Desolation of Smaug was visually amazing. The back drop for the films in New Zealand are just perfect. If you already watched An Unexpected Journey, make sure you get to the theater and see The Desolation of Smaug, you won’t regret it!

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