Second Even Better


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug followed up the first of the three movies – with a bang!


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug followed up the first of the three movies – with a bang!


Like the first, a back story started off the film, and then came action. Right where the last movie left off, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and the 13 dwarves continue on their quest for gold, power, and revenge.


For those books-are-better-than-movies people, this Hobbit movie came closer than most to being as great as the novel. Director Peter Jackson took into account the importance of detail, but fans will notice changes.


Any teen/adult would enjoy The Desolation of Smaug. While some parts may be hard for non-readers of the book to get, the general plot is easily understood and captivates all viewers alike.


Many one-liners shook the audience with laughter, while fighting scenes had watchers on the edge of their seat. In the movie, there were moments of fear, but also times of happiness with stunning graphics that set the story ambiance perfectly.


Every setting was articulately crafted so it felt like you were traveling with Thorin and Company. The 3D was stunning, especially in the scenes with Beorn's bees, whizzing arrows, and barrel-riding.


While the second section of the book is one of the more peaceful sections, the movie isn’t. The movie is PG-13, understandably. Some frightening images occur, and frequently. The suspense, especially near the end of the movie, would be scary for some.


However, it's easy to tell that hard work was put into this 2 1/2 hour movie. Viewers hearts will leap of joy, coo over the hidden romance, and possibly even skip a beat regarding the adventure. One more thing… Look out for another cliffhanger. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will leave you wanting more than the second part of the tale!