The Desolation of Smaug, the second and latest chapter in The Hobbit trilogy, is a superb film which surpasses last year’s An Unexpected Journey in every way.
While the latter was an enjoyable film, it was slow in parts and felt like a three hour movie. Its successor is a more exciting and entertaining watch.
Thorin Oakenshield and his army of Dwarves, joined by Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, are continuing their quest towards toppling Smaug the Dragon and retaking Dale, the former Dwarf kingdom.
On their way, they must first deal with giant spiders, elves and orcs and avoid capture, before challenging the tyrannical Smaug.
Despite not featuring in JRR Tolkien’s book, Legolas from The Lord of The Rings also shows up along the way.
The Dwarf army are a perfectly chosen ensemble of actors. There aren’t as many battle scenes this time round, but the battles are, like last time, excellent.
The film has a sudden ending that left I and the rest of the cinema audience initially confused, but it ended up whetting my appetite for more.
I anxiously await The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the final film in this trilogy, released December 2014.