The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Originally released in the United States on December 13, 2013

And the journey continues!

If you recall, we left our group of dwarves, one hobbit and a wizard at the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as they had just managed to escape the Orcs. After a touching scene between Thorin and Bilbo, the credits roll and we are pushed forward into The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

In this one, we meet so many fantastic characters. We get Legolas (Orlando Bloom); the prince of the woodland realm, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly); the elven chief of the Mirkwood Guards, and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans); the heir of Girion, the last king of the old Dale.

The movie begins by showing a flashback that details the ‘chance’ meeting between Thorin and Gandalf where we find out that Thorin has been in search of his father, and yet he seems to be the only one who believes him to still be alive. This scene is used to explain how they came to meet and how the group came to be and why a burglar was even necessary.

We meet Tauriel, the beautiful elven chief of the guard who is shown to not be like the other woodland realm elves. She seems to be compassionate, and actually wants to help Thorin’s group despite them being dwarves. There seems to be something blooming between her and Kíli (Aidan Turner) which I’m interested to see how this plays out in the next film.

We finally get to see Smaug in his purest form i.e trying to kill everyone. Before they get to him though, they have to find the keyhole to the entrance to Erebor and for a moment, all is lost when the sun sets and the group believes themselves to be doomed. Until Bilbo realizes the phrase was referring to moonlight, and not the sun. This begins the ending arc of the movie where they must fight the dragon, only for said dragon to leave and decide to attack the laketown.

This leaves Bilbo staring as Smaug leaves and he says “what have we done?” Which is really foreboding for what the finale of the Hobbit trilogy holds for us. Speaking of Bilbo, he’s been getting a lot of use out of the golden ring he found and since I don’t know much about the ring yet, I will leave it at that. I’ve noticed his usage, I know that it plays an important role later on, but right now? Just jotting down the fact he is using it a lot.

Overall, I think I enjoyed the first movie more than this one, but even so this movie was mesmerizing in it’s own right. I’m super excited to watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to see how all of this comes together.