Director Peter Jackson manages to give the audience wittier humor and sharper action in the second installment of The Hobbit. The second installment in the trilogy is a lot more engaging than An Unexpected Journey. Although based on Tolkien’s light hearted novel, The Desolation of Smaug does it’s best to distance it’s self by making the film an over the top - big action movie. The plot is essentially a continuation of the 1st film and writer Guillermo Del Toro does an excellent job connecting the stories.
Billbo (Freeman) and his band of dwarves continue their journey to reclaim the dwarf throne in Lonely Mountain while Gandalf (McKellen) separates from the group to confront the Necromancer (Cumberbatch). The Bilbo and the others travel through the Mirkwood Forest where they encounter enormous spiders before being captured by wood elves, Legolas (Bloom) and the beautiful Tauriel (Lilly).
Later in the film Tauriel falls in love with the dwarf Kili (Turner) as their journey continues to Lake Town. There they meet Bard(Evans) , as they plan to take the mountain where the dragon Smug (Cumberbatch) is lying wait and protecting a vast amount of gold and treasure. There is much energy and humor that holds the attention of movie goers and the laws of physics are constantly pushed while the audience is in middle earth.
The characters are given much more depth in the story. Bilbo is still discovering his ingenuity and bravery, while Thorin is coming to terms with the idea of returning to power. There is much to enjoy in the film and it does a fantastic job combing comedy, action , romance, drama and even a little horror. The character Smaug has quite the dialogue, that proves to be both menacing and humorous- much in the vain of the villain Bane from the Dark Knight Trilogy .Another good thing about Smaug is that he leaves the viewer with an exhilarating cliffhanger finale. .
Again the film is a lot more intense than the Tolkien novel but this genre and film takes the audience through epic battles and adventure that is seldom seen in cinema today. Peter Jackson does an excellent job linking these films to the Lord of The Rings Trilogy while leaving the audience grasping and pining for the next installment.
The Desolation Of Smaug stars Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly and Manu Bennett. The action adventure film stormed into theaters on Christmas Day and is available now at a theater near you !