Movie of the Week: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Last Sunday Silke I finally managed to see the second part of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy. It was a long wait after the release of the first part but definitely worth it.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the story of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and the company of 13 dwarfs. After a long and perilous journey they finally reach the Lonely Mountain. But now the real adventure begins as they have to face the enormous dragon Smaug. Defeating Smaug is their only chance to reclaim the Kingdom under the Mountain that the dragon seized and destroyed over 150 years ago.

If there was anything wrong with the first part of the Hobbit trilogy it was its occasionally slow pace. The second movie however is anything but slow paced. Peter Jackson is at his best again and tells another exciting tale from Middle-earth full of action and wonders. He made some changes to the original story and gave Gandalf and the Elfs a stronger presence. Jackson even invented something that is completely and utterly missing in the book: a female character, in form of the elven warrior Tauriel. These alterations bring a fresh breeze to the film without diminishing the original.

As its predecessor The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a very good movie. It features all of the magic that made the Lord of the Rings trilogy so enjoyable. I’m very much looking forward to the (hopefully) epic conclusion of the Hobbit trilogy.