The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is an epic adventure and fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and released 2nd of December 2013. It is the second instalment of a three-part film adaptation based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The 1st part is An Unexpected Journey released on 28th of November 2012 and the 3rd part There and Back Again is filming now and will be released at the end of 2014. Together they will act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The film has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. The cast are followed: Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Beggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Benedict Cumberbarch as Smaug(vocal perfomance and motion capture) etc.
The action begins when Bilbo, 13 Dwarves and Gandalf the Grey escape via giant hawks, horde of orcs and hide in the mountains. Dwarves with Gandalf the Grey and Bilbo Beggins continue their journey to The Lonely Mountain the 7th kingdom of dwarves that is dwelled by Smaug the great fire-spitting dragon. Their path lies through Mirkwood crowded with different sinister creatures. When Gandalf the Grey comes inside the wood there he finds orcs’ signs and leaves. Dwarves with Bilbo leave alone in this dangerous wood. Inside the forest they lose their way and are caught by giant spiders. Fortunately the wood elves come, led by Legolas and Tauriel, who imprison the Dwarves and bring them to their king Thranduil. Bilbo is not captured and therefore he frees dwarves and escape from elves. The company meets Bard from Esgaroth and asks him to help them to reach Lake-town. Meanwhile Gandalf the Grey meets Radagast to descend into the tombs of Nazgul. As soon as wizards find the tombs empty Gandalf decide going to Dol Guldur where he finds an army of orcs and The Dark Lord Sauron. After the dwarves attempting to get steel weapons were captured, the Master of Lake-town believes in dwarves’ prophecy and lets them go to their Lonely Mountain. When company reaches the secret entrance into the mountain Thorin asks Bilbo to find the Arkenstone. Bilbo Beggins is going inside and in search accidentally wakes up Smaug. Sensing that dragon is awekened, the dwarves rush inside and start to invent different trap to defeat dragon even with the help of molten gold but Smaug survives and now he is going to incinerate the Lake-town.
This film is very spine-tingling that will keep you on the edge of your seat during the whole film with a powerful climax. The cast was really sensational and their acting was brilliant. Phenomenally successful and unanimously acclaimed by the critics.
I totally recommend watching this film for everyone who likes or dislikes fantasy. This is a must-see story about journeys, fights and magic that will absorb you. It is one of the few films that everyone should see nowadays.