The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The journey of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues as he ventures through Middle Earth with the wise old Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) and his team of dwarves in the second film of the trilogy of J.R.R Tolkein’s The Hobbit. In an initially unexpected journey that sets up the first movie, Bilbo is forced to team up with dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield to reclaim Oakenshield’s lost kingdom. What ensues soon after includes everything from giant spiders, elves (ladies, the heartthrob Legolas makes a return — sigh!), and an epic fire-breathing dragon voiced by the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch. Unlike its predecessor, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug jumps straight into action with incredibly imaginative storytelling that manages to be immersive with its special effects and direction. The movie revives the trilogy’s energy and reminds us of the magic that we as audience members can never get enough of.