The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 fantasy epic and the second film in the prequel trilogy to the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit. Having survived the first part of their unsettling journey, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his companions (Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage) continue east. More dangers await them, including the skin-changer Beorn and the giant spiders of Milkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood Elves, Bilbo and the dwarves journey to Lake-town and, finally, to the Lonely Mountain, where they face the greatest danger of all: the fearsome dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Peter Jackson returns to direct this visually appealing sequel and the film stars the same cast from An Unexpected Journey, along with some new additions as well, Lee Pace is now a main character to the film, Evangeline Lilly was amazing in the film, Luke Evans was very good, and Orlando Bloom was great. The acting was amazing in the film. Also, Bennedict Cumberbatch was amazing. Martin Freeman shines as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellan is once again fantastic as the wizard, Gandalf the Grey.
The visual effects were fantastic, some of the best I've seen in any film i've every seen, the CGI was amazing and the dragon Smaug looked so real and great. The pacing is the biggest issue with the film, The film is 2 hours and 41 minutes, but I was in the edge of my seat the whole way through, the third act of the film was awesome!, it gets a bit out of hand and weird at times, but i cant help but say it was awesome, fun and cool.
The way the story leads into the Lord of the Rings trilogy is amazing, and the battle is heating up. I like the character development, but some characters and either put for fan service, or to serve the extra-story, i don't think all of the characters should be in it. Also, the love triangle between Kili, Turiel and Legolas was super rushed and un-developed.
The fight/battle scenes are amazing, from the spider battle to the barrel riders, to the dwarfs running from the fierce dragon, Smaug. This is an action packed film, with fun action and even epic action like in The Lord of the Rings, but at some parts, it began to get out of hand and just a bit boring, but that does not stop this film from being as epic as it is.
The film leaves us off to wait a year from something we already knew what was going to happen, but the cliffhanger is pretty great. The writing is amazing, a lot of the dialogue is so good that it took my breath away. Another big problem in this film is that Peter Jackson trys to make it like The Lord of the Rings so much, that the films tone (which is an epic, Lord of the Rings feel) begins to collapse from a fantasy adventure, to a dark action film, this film is supposed to have a light, whimsy tone like An Unexpected Journey did.
It has some pacing issues, but The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is super fun, action packed and more dark than An Unexpected Journey, which makes it an improvement over An Unexpected Journey. I still thought An Unexpected Journey was good.