The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Movie Review

As much as we expected, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is finally putting amazing back into "The Hobbit" series. The first one was awesome on its own right but, and to put it bluntly, a little bit on the slow side. Things felt uneven at times and the first film felt more like filler material for the next two films than a serious epic. Well finally here we are and if the first film was the introduction, we find ourselves going straight into the meatier and nastier parts of the story. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" does not disappoint and even exceeded our expectations in a lot of ways.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all—a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself — the Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" perfectly blends what was so amazing from the first film and finally inserts what was sorely missing - action sequences - and oh boy are they a thrill to watch. Every fight was kinetically jaw-dropping and at times simply epic in scale and size. And even better, these were endless from start to finish. This only means that you as a viewer would be gripping your seat most of the time. But the film does not stop with the action alone because the film is beautifully shot and crafted and the character of Smaug alone is worth the ticket price. The trailers, posters and movie stills don't do justice to how astounding his character was made by the guys at WETA. His character was hugely intimidating and majestically dominating that we could barely imagine how Smaug would look like in an IMAX screen. Now the action-oriented second film may disappoint some as the film lacked the same character-driven story of the first. Overall though, we could definitely see this as becoming the highlight of the trilogy as early as now and it would be amusing how Peter Jackson could top this come "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" a year from now.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- beautifully shot and created, the cinematography is astounding
- all the good parts from the first film but now with action sequences that will leave you breathless

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- another cliffhanger ending that makes us wish this was a single film rather than a trilogy
- the film was action heavy and focused less on its characters

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