The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Recap Review

What's good

- Expectedly and fittingly low build-up time. Gets right into the plot
- Very good focus on tension-building and dynamic pacing
- Many great action set-pieces (even more than its predecessor)
- More fleshed out characters (especially the side characters) and drama
- Impressive and exciting final act with Smaug

What's bad

- Too abrupt, unsatisfying ending (even considering it's a three-part-story)
- Some of the tie-in-parts to the Lord-of-the-Rings-movies feel pretty forced-in 


- "I have to wait another entire year for the next movie after THAT!?"

The Verdict

Not necessarily an improvement as much as just a fittingly more dynamic and cut-to-the-chase continuation of Bilbo and friends' great journey to slay the infamous dragon Smaug.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is a far more action oriented but surprisingly enough also more dramatic and in a sense "more meaty" sequel to last year's first Hobbit movie.
Viewers are graced with numerous very creative and high-octane action set-pieces that are greatly build up to with a thoughtful sense of tension-building throughout the experience. 
And although the previously known group of heroes/protagonists of course hasn't changed that much in terms of charisma, many of the old and even newly introduced characters are given quite more personal and in-depth-character-moments than in its predecessor, thickening the plot.
Once again, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug doesn't really want to rival the epic scale of the LoR-movies but successfully follows the smaller scale fairytale-like atmosphere of the first Hobbit movie.
Unfortunately as a result, some obvious tie-in-moments to the LoR-movies (many not present in the book) often tend to feel forced and hamper the overall flow a bit.
However, even despite this minor complaint and the movie's unsatisfyingly abrupt ending, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is a great and incredibly entertaining fantasy adventure flick that fittingly continues Bilbo's journey with a far more dynamic pace.
Even the movie's rough ending comes down to just being a testament to this movie being so exciting, that we simply don't want to be having to wait an entire year to see how Bilbo's adventure comes to a close.
If you liked how Bilbo's adventure started last year, you sure won't be disappointed of how it continues.             

Final Verdict: 8 out of 10

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