by Lorie Lewis Ham
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The Desolation of Smaug finds us back with our hero Bilbo Baggins and his Dwarf companions for more of their adventures, based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Having survived the first part of their dangerous journey, the group continues east. Their quest is to find a special jewel that they believe will help them in their quest to reinstate Thorin Oakenshield to his rightful place as monarch of the underground kingdom of Erebor. In this story, we get to meet once again Legolas (Orlando Bloom) from the Lord of the Rings movies. Bloom somehow seems to have remained ageless like the elf he plays and did a wonderful job of bringing back to life one of my favorite characters in the Lord of the Rings movies. We are also introduced to a female elf who is not in the books, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly from Lost), who brings a little unexpected romance into the story.
Martin Freeman is again excellent as Bilbo, who must face the great dragon Smaug to save the day. Ian McKellen’s Gandalf is one of my favorite characters in this story. McKellen is an incredible actor. Having now met him in person added something extra special to watching him on screen.
This movie is much better than the first one in this trilogy of movies, though I enjoyed that one as well. The Desolation of Smaug is filled with so much action and excitement that it doesn’t seem nearly so long of a movie as it is. The part I had been waiting for though was the dragon Smaug, which was absolutely amazing! Not only was the CGI incredible, but Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the dragon was the perfect icing on the cake. He brought the dragon to life and his deep menacing voice made the dragon terrifying. Without a doubt the best dragon I’ve ever seen in a movie!
If you enjoy action and adventure in a wonderful fantasy world filled with elves, dwarves, wizards and hobbits, do not miss The Desolation of Smaug. But if you haven’t seen The Hobbit yet, you have to go out and rent that one first or you will be lost and confused.
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