More walking! Despite being dropped by eagles at the end of the first film, who could have quite easily taken them directly to the mountain! This is like three films in one, as the dwarves, who are still running from the orcs, end up going through a dark forrest chased by spiders and captured by elves. Meanwhile Gandalf goes off to investigate if the 9 Kings of Men have been resurrected, which they have, and that leads to the discovery of Sauron being back in action (link to Lord of the Rings). Meanwhile again the dwarves have escaped in barrels down a river, again being pursued by orcs, getting ever closer to the mountain and Smaug the Dragon! The third part of the film is based entirely in the mountain facing off against the dragon, but it ends on a cliff hanger! Even more action that the first, but there is some very dodgy CGI in parts, it almost feels slightly too long at 2hr 45mins, but just manages to keep you engrossed for the whole time. We didn't bother with 3D or HFR versions this time, as last time it disappointed on both fronts.
Ben 8 out of 10
Barry 8 out of 10