Synopsis: Furthering Bilbo Baggins and his company of Dwarves adventures through Middle-earth, the ragtag group discovers that their journey is getting more and more treacherous. On this quest to take back the Lonely Mountain from the dark and powerful dragon Smaug they find themselves fighting a myriad of foes. With a collection of giant spiders, orcs and enemies of old, they find they must rely on a few unlikely allies along the way.
Review: Peter Jackson did NOT disappoint with the second installment in the latest J. R. R Tolkien trilogy based on The Hobbit. The second film is titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. One of the main things i love about the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit films is the scenery. The way Peter Jackson turns New Zealand into Middle Earth is simply breathtaking. It’s as if the beautiful background is nothing but a mere illusion created by a green screen. Don’t get me wrong, the special effects for this movie were brilliant, but you just can’t beat something that is there in reality.
Two scenes that stick out to me are when Bilbo and the gang of dwarves are attacked by giant spiders, and when they are going down a river in barrels being attacked by orcs. I guess you can say that every time they get attacked, it’s entertaining for the viewers. The battle with the giant spiders, relatives of Shelob(the spider Frodo and Sam battled), was very dark and spectacular. I love how when Bilbo puts on the ring to disappear his surroundings get blurry. It’s as if you’re in a video game and in stealth mode. The river ride(as i like to call it) leaned more on the fun side. The only thing i can somewhat compare it to is when Luke Skywalker was flying through the trenches of the Death Star. There will be a part where most viewers will laugh but i don’t want to ruin it for you.
During the film you will also notice a little love triangle between the dwarf Kili, Tauriel(a female elf), and the returning Legolas. It is great to see Orlando Bloom play Legolas because his fight sequences are one of the highlights of the film. They also throw in a little joke when Legolas see’s a picture of a dwarf child and calls it a mutant(i believe), which is actually a picture of a young Gimli. We all know how their relationship is during the LOTR trilogy.
The acting is brilliant once again since they filmed the whole trilogy at once. It would be impossible to say the acting was bad in this one, but great in the first. It’s one BIG movie. Benedict Cumberbatch, who voices Smaug, is simply FANTASTIC. That is how you bring a CGI character to life. You can have great effects and everything, but if you don’t have the right actor to voice the character, it will fail. It’s as if you believe what you are watching is real.
The main difference between An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug is the tone of the film. This entry is definitely way more darker. I wouldn’t say the action is at it’s peak(im sure they’re waiting for the third and last entry), but it is way more entertaining than the first film. I seen the film in 3D and to me, it wasn’t necessary. Yeah a couple of insects leap off the screen, but if i were to pay to watch it, i’d rather save the extra $5-8. If you are a fan of the LOTR series and have seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, THIS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT. It seems like this trilogy is getting better with every movie. I can only imagine how great There and Back Again will be next year. I give The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a 8.5/10.