The Desolation of Smaug is an entertaining popcorn flick that improves upon the first movie if you don’t mind this unnecessary trilogy.
After an overlong introduction that displeased a majority of nerds and movie fans, the audience is finally given something to feast on in The Desolation of Smaug.
The ensemble delivers great performances. Aiden Turner and Ken Stott stand out with expanded screen time. The supporting cast is a perfect fit as the new addition Lee Pace is graceful yet intimidating. Evangeline Lily is great despite being relegated as a love interest.
The Desolation of Smaug has more depth than the first as Tolkien’s themes are put into place. The emotional and physical stakes are higher which makes it more involving.
The film is heavy with CGI. But when Peter Jackson is not busy embellishing scenes he can still turn action pieces into fun adventures. The barrel ride down the river (a good attraction for amusement parks to pick up) could have been a confusing mess, but it was handled well that it became an intricate chase.
Of course, the main highlight of the film is Smaug the dragon. When the spectacular beast flies into the air, for a second you forget how terrible he can be.
And for those who are not familiar with the book, it can make you forget that this is an adaptation of a children’s story that could have been made into a self-contained film.
The love triangle and the return of the big bad is used to fluff up the movie. So expect more distractions (that may very well fall into fan fiction) when the final three-hour installment wraps up the trilogy.
Still, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is a great popcorn movie.
The Desolation of Smaug is an entertaining popcorn flick that improves upon the first movie if you don't mind this unnecessary trilogy.