Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugF**K YES! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is just what this franchise needed. A major improvement over An Unexpected Journey, which I originally gave a five star review. The light, family-friendly tone is now gone. This installment is darker, intense and more action-packed. Martin Freeman crushes it as Bilbo Baggins, who we see his obsession with the ring growing. Ian Mckellen is amazing playing Gandalf the Grey. While Legolas feels forced into the story, his character is bada** and memorable. The sequence with the dwarfs in the barrels flowing down the river, escaping from the elfs and orcs fighting eachother was awesome. Then sh*t get real when the great dragon Smaug is introduced. Benedict Cumberbatch is incredible as the voice of Smaug. His scenes are the most exhilarating in the film. At almost three hours long, time flies straight by. There's never a dull moment. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug completely surpassed my expectations. I would even go as far as saying that it's just as good as Lord of the Rings.