The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Reviews
Absolutely awful. Tolkien must be spinning in his grave. And Peter Jackson should be ashamed for how he so perverted such a great story just so they could drive dump truck loads of money up to his door.
ACTING: As always, the acting in this movie is spit-spot perfect. Martin Freeman is perfect to play Bilbo Baggins. Ian McKellen is awesome as Gandalf, and the rest of the cast are awesome. Orlando Blooms returns and does a great job as Legolas, and the newcomer, Evangeline Lilly is pretty bad-ass. Now, for the most important thing... Benedict Cumberbatch does an OUTSTANDING job as Smaug. I couldn't have imagined it any better. His voice was so evil and so powerful that the theatre literally shook.
EFFECTS/CINEMATOGRAPHY: Holy crap. This movie had some of the best special effects I've ever seen. It is tied with Gravity for the best effects of the year. The coolest part, however, was definitely Smaug. Smaug is not only the best dragon ever put to the screen, but is the best designed CGI creature EVER. Period. Some scenes that really stood out with the cinematography are the spider scene and the incredible barrel scene.
DIRECTING/SCREENPLAY/STORY: I was very content with how Peter Jackson executed the timeless story. It was much darker and had more action than the first movie. It was very well directed, with a brisk pace that made the movie feel much shorter than it was. It was well written in most parts, but got a little silly in some scenes. It was pretty respectful to the book, while adding a ton of new stuff! The new characters were pretty interesting and the added storyline was pretty helpful to the movie.
OVERALL: In total, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a totally awesome and epic sequel that should be seen by all movie fans!