After the premise of the first film, the second film in the Hobbit trilogy was slow to pick up where the end of the first film left off. Though this may be a good thing, with unnecessary walking scenes being cut out, but we are soon back into the action.
This time the gang of dwarves, lead by Gandalf the Grey, venture on another quest (where the true purpose is not made 100% clear), where they later battle with deadly dragon Smaug, voiced by Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
But before that, the Orcs are once again orc-ward (pun intended) when trying to catch the dwarves. But this time they have appeared to have upped their game, creating many epic battle scenes that the films are known for.
In all the fun, excitement and craziness that occurs, the main plot gives birth to a small sub-plot that takes up a needless amount of time in the film (no spoilers).
On the other hand, the film once again shows fantastic special effects and scenery common in the franchise. Then came the ultimate scenes with Smaug. Cumberbatch’s role in those scenes was very clever, but the plot paved the way to a rather predictable ending. But, having said that, the rather intriguing cliffhanger leads to a grand finale indefinitely filled with action.
I anticipate the final release.