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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Connor Macgregor Reviews...The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

The Second in the Hobbit trilogy was released this time last year to disappointing numbers. But was it better than the first film?

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?

I really enjoyed this edition of the series. The film started to take pace with its narrative, and brought back some very much loved characters including Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom. He fits right back into the role and feels like he has never left. The action scenes are top notch keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the film and letting you believe the time flies. This is also the first proper introduction of Smaug the dragon, voiced and motion captured by Benedict Cumberbatch. He does a beautiful job with the character making him both sinister and funny at the same time. But mostly sinister and exciting to watch. Cumberbatch also voices The Necromancer who plays a smaller but still significant part in the film, towards the film's climax.

Overall, Desolation Of Smaug is an improvement from Film 1 and adds geniune exciting moments to keep the audience engaged, intrigued and wanting more for Film 3.

Rating - 92% - A