From the Shire, to the paths that the Dwarf fellowship take, BIlbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, has come a long way since An Unexpected Journey, becoming more courageous and and curious as the journey continues.
The Desolation Of Smaug is a perfect representation of how far Bilbo has come, on their journey to The Lonely Mountain, to reclaim it from the claws of the mighty, fire-breathing dragon, Smaug, who is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.
On their travels, the group encounter various different foes, including giant gigantic looking spiders, Elves and Orcs.
They gain new friendships along the way too, including the Bard (John Bell) and also a little bit of romance.
The storyline follows the group more than it does specific characters, which gives more depth to their situations and helps to show us more of whay the other characters are like. There was also no mention of Gollum in the movie, which didn’t occur to me until the movie had finished. This may be because they focused on other characters and they have travelled further than Gollum could probably ever travel.
With the Necromancer and Smaug looming over their journey, along with Orc attacks and being captured by both spiders and Elves, the group finally make it to The Lonely Mountain, where Bilbo wakes the dragon unintentionally and they have to work together to stop him, to no evail.
One of my favourite scenes is when Bilbo wakes Smaug, as they have a conversation, which seems to me to be a somewhat small, but yet surreal nod to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s famous modern incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. They speak very much the same way that they would in Sherlock, with Cumberbatch taking the upper hand and Freeman complimenting Cumberbatch.
The Desolation Of Smaug is a tremendous follow on from it’s predecessor, An Unexpected Journey, and improved on quite a number of aspects, including frame rate and running time, made it all the more enjoyable to watch.