This is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation. In this this adventure: The Desolation of Smaug, finds the company running from elves, hunted by orcs, encounter a skin-changer, battling giant spiders, visiting Laketown, and encountering a dragon.
I found the second part tremendously enjoyable then The Unexpected Journey. The introduction of Smaug (The Dragon) is probably what everybody wanted to see in the first place, and it’s well worth the wait as Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) is menacing and convincingly dangerous and has lived in the Lonely Mountain under a hoard of Dwarves treasure.
Our heroes are to kill the dragon, but to do so also risks consequences. Gandalf discovers a great evil being, foreshadowing the coming of Sauron (The Villain of Lord of the Rings).
This film moves at a fast rate, upping the action and the suspense in a way the first film failed to do so. Everything just works better this time out: the battles, the character interaction, the special effects, the tone, and the energy.