With a running time of 161 minutes (over 2½ hours) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is quite a big time commitment for the typical viewer. However, it is time well spent. With water-barrel chases, giant spiders, and not to mention a fire-breathing dragon, the movie has more than its fair share of action and keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat. With the classic group of adventurers consisting of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), the dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and the dozen other hilarious yet courageous dwarfs, the viewer is provided with a rich mix of action and humor. The movie takes us through the group’s journey to get to their homeland, which is now guarded by the fire-breathing dragon Smaug. They run into obstacle after obstacle along the way, the whole time being pursued by a pack of evil Orcs. We are introduced to new characters like Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) the beautiful yet dangerous archer, and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) another expert archer and assassin, who are both “new” in the sense that they are additions. These two characters, along with other added scenes, were not in originally in J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit. But these changes do nothing to hamper the movie and the experience brought by it. In fact one could say that they enhance it, bringing even more action and battle sequences. All the action, along with the genius build up and cliffhanger ending, is the work of veteran director Peter Jackson. Jackson has obvious experience with the whole genre of the movie, being the director for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and this experience is shown in his sequence, add-ins, and amazing ending. By the end of the movie, audience members were already anxious for the next installment. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, will give an action appreciating viewer a cinematic experience well worth their money, and time (a whole 2½ hours of it).