So like Peter Jackson did with The Lord of The Rings, he is releasing each movie around the same time every year. This is the second film based on the one book The Hobbit. The starts where the first film finished and find Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellen) and the dwarves, running away from some big pale green thing and trying to get to the Lonely Mountain before a certain day where it is their only chance to get in the mountain and defeat the dragon.
Compared to the first film, the sequel gets into the action and is fast paced as soon as it starts – the first film took a while to get going, despite it being necessary. After splitting from Gandalf who ventures off for well not explaining very clearly why (he goes to search for something or find someone), the dwarves and Bilbo face many challenges such as going into the woods, where they face giant spiders, elves and orcs. I hated the spider scene – simply because I hate spiders and I was scared, which I guess is a good thing seeing as that is what the film is trying to achieve at that moment. Anyway, the film is more action packed than the first and what is good is that the film still has those weird-yet-creative fighting bits like the first film did – when the camera follows dwarves randomly fighting orcs with any weapon they can find). There are some laughs and funny one-liners but the film is more about the adventure, drama and action. There’s even romance starting between two people; the female elf Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and … – you’ll have to watch to find out. I mention the female character, simply because well she is the only main female character in the film.
I think with this film there isn’t as much depth as the first film had. In the first Hobbit film, you got to see why the dwarves wanted to journey to the mountain and claim their home back – and why they had to leave it in the first place. You also see how things are turning worse for the land and also how Bilbo tries to find a purpose in film and have an adventure. In the second film, we already know that in=depth stuff and do not learning anything, except the romance, the elves and the fact there is a town in the middle of a lake. Oh and that the Dragon can talk (Benedict Cumberbatch).
As for the ending, it is similar with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – it doesn’t end on a victory simply because it is preparing for what is going to happen in the next film.
Overall, the film is a great sequel to the first Hobbit film, despite not so much backstory to it. There is an incredible cast and as always, there costume and visual effects are amazing – especially the final scenes. I believe it is the action, cast and effects that help drive the film forward.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 7.2/10