Continuing their journey to the long lost kingdom of the dwarves, Bilbo and a band of displaced dwarves encounter new dangers, while still pursued by vengeful Orcs. As they draw closer to the realization of their quest, new friends are found amongst old enemies and new enemies amongst new allies. Following in the wake of an impending evil, Gandalf leaves his friends to seek out the unknown evil which has plagued their quest since they first set out. When Bilbo and Gandalf finally reach the end of their journeys, what awaits them is far more dangerous and far more deadly than they could have imagined.
Peter Jackson's latest chapter in the Tolkien based 'Hobbit' franchise, bounds into theaters with a ferocity and charm, which was somewhat lacking or inconsistently present in the first edition of 'The Hobbit' series. Like its predecessors, the first Hobbit movie suffered from the occasional dragging pace. Fortunately, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" does not suffer from this affliction on any level. At every turn, a tranquil and dangerously pleasant moment, suddenly shifts into a life threatening fight for survival. Thankfully, in spite of a continuos barrage of danger and delights, the development and growth of old and new characters is clearly and carefully addressed. Unlike many fanboy film makers, Jackson appears to have kept his eye on the ball and on what makes a film successful, entertaining, and fulfilling. To top it off, the visual and special effects are outstanding and seamlessly integrated throughout most of the film. As Bilbo's story unfolds, several familiar faces joined the cast of 'The Hobbit,' most notably Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly (best known from 'Lost'), Lee Pace, and Luke Evans. Also joining the cast, as the voice of Smaug and the mysterious Necromancer, is Benedict Cumberbatch (best known for Star Trek and Sherlock). With an ever increasing cache of talent, a fantastic array of visual technicians, and good direction at the helm, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is definitely worth your time and the price of admission.