I loved the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Two Towers was a superior sequel and the follow-up The Return of the King took home the Oscar for Best Picture. The LOTR wowed audiences bringing Middle Earth to the big screen and turned Peter Jackson into one of the premiere directors in Hollywood. Unfortunately, the story that started it all the The Hobbit, caused the franchise to come to screeching halt with the boring, dwarf singing and disappointing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
This time Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and the other dwarves redeem themselves with the action packed The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Jackson dropped the silly dwarf antics and has a new film where things actually happen besides hiking. The Dwarf gang is continuing their trip to the lonely mountain in hopes of slaying the dragon Smaug and reclaiming their kingdom. Jackson is back in form with elves taking out Orcs in entertaining fashion, dwarves escaping in a fun barrel ride sequence down the river and Jackson even gets back to his horror roots with some creepy giant spiders.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug improves from its predecessor in every way possible, but there is one thing in particular that makes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a pleasurable experience. The dragon Smaug who was all but absent from the first The Hobbit film shows up in all his glorious scaly form. Smaug is brought to life with state of the art computer graphics and by Hollywood’s hot new actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch’s voice gives Smaug the evil arrogance that makes him the best villain so far in the series not named Gollum. Smaug steals the show and I can’t wait to see what havoc he will wreak in the next installment.
Overall, I give The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3 out of 4 stars.
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