“Where does your journey end? You seek that which would bestow upon you the right to rule. A quest to reclaim a homeland, and slay a dragon!”
If it’s at all possible for a film to be both a sequel and prequel at the same time then the Desolation of Smaug has to fit the bill. Having crossed the Misty Mountains and in an effort to reclaim the Dwarves homeland and banish the usurper Smaug, the story picks up where the other film left off and gets straight into telling the story of how the band of unlikely brothers must make their way through Mirkwood. Meanwhile in the south Gandalf is leading the council of Elders to rid the land of the entity known as the necromancer.
Bilbo, having earned his place amongst the unlikely party travels through Mirkwood Forest, and with the band finds themselves attacked by the same spiders that originally crawled across Radagast’s home in the previous film. Bilbo assists the band and frees them when they are taken captive once more by Wood-elves.
After the forest they reach Laketown and discover Stephen Fry as Master of the town, a descendant of the Lord of Dale. In order to complete the journey to Lonely Mountain they must have zeal and pull together as a team. Bilbo must find the secret door to the Lonely Mountain and essentially a way to completing the contract he has signed with the dwarves by recovering the hoard of the Dragon Smaug. Only then will his contract be considered completed.
Benedict Cumberbatch, whose career is going from strength to strength, joins the existing cast as the voice of Smaug the Dragon.
The 3D and 2D versions are rumoured to be running in High Definition, 48 frames per second rather than 24 fps rendering the images in crystal clear quality
The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug is directed by Peter Jackson and is released in UK cinemas on the 13/12/2013. Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and many more.