The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

{4/5} “It is our fight. It will not end here. With every victory, this evil will grow! If your father has his way, we will do nothing. We will hide within our walls, live our lives without light and let darkness descend. Are we not part of this world? Tell me, Mellon, when did we allow evil to become stronger than us?”

The company of Thorin, thirteen dwarves and one hobbit, are on their way to the Lonely Mountain — to reclaim their home from the dragon Smaug. But Smaug will only give up the hoard of gold he’s sitting on over his dead body. How will they defeat the mightiest dragon of them all? Meanwhile, Gandalf is paying a visit to the Necromancer — whom he believes is an ancient evil returned.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, released in 2013

It’s a sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

I liked it about as well as the first one — there are some great parts but it lacks overall oomph. For one thing, since it’s a prequel we know that Gandalf and Bilbo are going to survive.

Smaug is one of the most astonishing creatures to be created out of CGI. And the giant spiders are incredibly creepy.

Tauriel is a great character that the filmmakers have created — and it’s nice to see our old friend Legolas again.

A small warning: the movie ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

The music by Howard Shore (Panic Room) seemed fine while watching the movie, but if you listen to the soundtrack later it’s much less interesting than its predecessors.

Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), and the 13 actors playing the dwarves all reprise their roles from the first movie.

Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean) plays Legolas and Evangeline Lilly (the TV show Lost) plays Tauriel. Lee Pace (The Fall) plays Thranduil and Stephen Fry (Gosford Park) plays the Master of Laketown.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) is the voice of Smaug.

The movie was directed by Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures).

One more sequel is coming next year.

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