As the story continues middle –earth is under attack by the fire breathing dragon and the poor souls in the village are dying while many are trying to flee to safety. Bard (Luke Evans) is in jail but escapes during the horrible destruction in order to try and kill the dragon in flight with his bow and arrow. Yet when his arrows run out his son helps to save the day taking the dragon down and saving what remains of the citizens.
Tauriel (Evangelina Lilly) an Elf is in love with a dwarf named Kili (Aidan Turner) forbidden by Thranduil (Lee Pace) yet accepted and nurtured by Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Bard knows now that he must find shelter for the survivors so he leads them towards “The Lonely Mountain”. Since the dragon is dead the castle on the mountain should supply the people with exactly what they need. The only problem is that Thorin (Richard Armitage) is over-taken by the gold and the search for the Kings jewel, the heart of the mountain, that he barricades he and his thirteen other dwarfs including Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) within the boundaries of the castle walls. Yet without a beastly dragon to call the mountain home it is now up for the taking by any army in the lands and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) has appeared to warn them thanks to the saving arms of Galadriel (Cate Blanchett).
Soon thereafter the Elves try to take over the dwarfs as does the villagers led by Bard but it isn’t until Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) comes into the scene with every intention of annihilating Thorin and anyone that gets in his way does the battles explode involving every army in the region including the bats, eagles and the bears. In the end the battles come to an end, many die and Tauriel asks that one important question about love. “Why does it hurt so much” in loss in which Thranduil replies “because it was real”. I absolutely loved that line especially because it reigns true. Real love when lost hurts but if someone did not love they truly feel no pain and are not worth the time spent crying over. Yes easier said than done! Tea at four and everyone is welcome only problem is there may not be anywhere to sit! Home sweet home.
Jackson does a phenomenal job directing this film keeping it action packed from start to finish. Almost a little too much leaving no time to continue developing the characters and their relationships although if you’re a fan you’re already aware of them. Of course like the other Hobbit films and Lord of the Rings the special effects are numerous and the action at times very unbelievable but heck it is a fantasy adventure story. All that aside the film is extremely visual with more than enough to keep your attention. Yet sorry to say the love story parts of this film are small and predictable for the most part. I thought the cast was wonderful considering their direction which at times I found a bit whimsical but the stand outs are Cumberbatch, Lilly, definitely Evans, Armitage and Freeman who are the main focus of the story and control most of the scenes they are in together or separate. Overall a lengthy story that is sure to keep you thrilled for over two hours since it is mainly action with a simple story line. Written and enjoyed with two and a half paws out of four by Jon Patch.