The prequel series to The Lord Of The Ring’s second instalment has arrived.. this time providing a more in-depth and thrilling experience.
Desolation of Smaug is another example of the films this year that upped the ante and overtook its predecessor (Yes, i’m talking about Catching Fire).
The first instalment of the Hobbit series, An Unexpected Journey was overpopulated with material that was not in the book with unnecessary add-ons, the 2nd instalment on the other hand again adds more to the source material by drawing from the trilogy’s appendices but this time proves more worthwhile and instead adds more to it (particularly the incorporation of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).
All comparisons aside, the ball finally starts to get rolling by this point of the book with the film revolving around Bilbo and co. entering the dark forest and all the obstacles along the way until finally reaching the great big dragon Smaug. Gandalf on the other-hand faces a mission that ties in nicely with the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Middle-earthian music is again present here yet again and will no doubt please LOTR lovers, along with the stunning scenery of middle-earth (aka New Zealand). The cast of-coarse is also superb as usual along with the action being much more captivating then the first, with visually pleasing sequences of escaping the Dwarves Helms to entering Smaug’s golden kingdom.
The only major fault of the film is its runtime, the battle between Smaug was stretched way too far and felt way too long to be staying in one place. In the novel adaption the battle was much shorter, but of-coarse what can you expect from a small novel being adapted into a gigantic three-part trilogy.. your bound to face extended action sequences!
Overall, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is a fun action-adventure fantasy that will please fans of the genre and those who loved The Lord Of The Rings franchise. It manages to surpass it’s clunky first instalment and finds its own ground among the fantasy film genre despite its lingering runtime.