The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Dir. Peter Jackson Writ. Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage Rated PG-13 161 mins. Fantasy IMDB: 8.0
This is my favorite of the 3 Hobbit movies. Flat out, hands down, the best.
The Desolation of Smaug is the second in the trilogy and it is, in my opinion, the most exciting one. This one follows our and of dwarven brothers as they make their way to Erebor and, their first stop, is passage through the Elven kindgom of Mirkwood. Fans of the Lord of the Rings movies were all quite glad to see our old buddy Legolas (played by Orlando Bloom) in this movie, and if you’re me, we became quite attached to his giant diva of a father, Thranduil (played by Lee Pace).
Another character introduced in the second film is Tauriel (played by Evangeline Lilly). A lot of fans didn’t really like Tauriel, since she’s not in the book originally, but honestly, I love her. I think she added a great extra dynamic to the whole story. Kili’s attraction to her made for a nice little something extra, in my opinion. (Besides, ‘purists’ who are against anything extra probably would hate this whole series since, you now, 3 movies out of one book that’s WAY shorter than the Lord Of The Rings books, just saying.) I like Evangeline Lilly and I like Tauriel, so I’m totally into this addition!
The Desolation of Smaug also brings us to Laketown and introduces us to Bard! I love Bard. Bard is just a great character and, like with Richard Armitage in the first movie, I’ve never seen Luke Evans in anything else, so I was very amazed by his acting. This dude can ACT, man. Bard is just awesome in The Desolation of Smaug.
Speaking of, there’s Smaug himself! Smaug, the Magnificent, Smaug, the giant ass dragon that is hoarding the gold in the dwarven kingdom of Erebor and is known for destroying the town of Dale and basically flambeing the townspeople. Smaug (who is, amusingly enough, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes to Martin Freeman’s John Watson on BBC’s Sherlock) is just awesome. The animation used for Smaug is flawless and he’s so menacing and impressive!
All in all, the Desolation of Smaug is very plot-filled, there are many instances where the dwarves have an incredible dynamic with Bilbo, the elves are so wonderfully ‘above it all’, the people of Laketown are really fantastic, and Smaug is delightfully horrifying. I wish I could go into more detail but that would tremendously spoiler the movie!
My Rating: 9/10