The Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson’s second installment in his Hobbit Trilogy delivers exactly what you would expect, incredible cinematography, amazingly crafted action sequences and a slowly teased out story that places the viewers into the shoes of our questing heroes. I enjoyed it and so did my 9 year old niece who agreed to see it because it had more monsters in it than Disney’s Frozen. I almost shed a tear when she chose Hobbits over princesses, it was a proud moment. One could complain that the Hobbit adventures have become to drawn out. In watching the Desolation of Smaug, it took roughly three quarters of the movie for our heroes to get to the mountain only to have the movie end on somewhat of an abrupt note. However, to these detractors I say, read the books and learn to enjoy the journey. In Tolken’s world, the journey is just as important as the destination. Tolken created a world to immerse his readers in. Similarly, Peter Jackson endeavors to do the same by carefully pulling all of the detail and nuance from the page and placing it on the screen for the benefit of the audience. What he has ultimately achieved is a visual feast that when enjoyed satisfies on many levels. As a viewer, if you allow yourself to be immersed in the experience, you’ll find that the journey will become far more interesting than the destination and you’ll have trouble leaving it. These are my thoughts, share yours in the comments or on Twitter.