The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug review

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the continuation of the Peter Jackson trilogy, based on the fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.

After waiting for a year after the original film, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the second part of the trilogy doesn’t waste any time delving into action that resumes the saga of the dwarves, led by fearless, ambitious Thorin Oakenshield, played by Richard Armitage, in an excellent portrayal as they get closer to their lost home of Erebor in the Misty Mountains.

There lays Smaug, the Dragon, voiced and played in motion capture by thesp Benedict Cumberbatch. The dormant giant is zealously protecting what he has taken from the pint-sized group of 13 and their people.

Smaug is most likely the best dragon ever made in movies. The fact that Jackson decided to
use motion capture for this character makes its movements more natural than if it was digitally created. Coupled with the haunting voice, what we get is a terrifying creature.

As the Unexpected Journey for Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, (Martin Freeman) continues, we meet some crucial characters that will have a major impact on whether the dwarves reclaim their lost home or not.

The film starts 12 months prior to the current adventures, when the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) meets Thorin and urges him to return to his rightful place in the Kingdom of Erebor.

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield