The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit Trilogy attempted to recreate the critical and artistic success of The Lord of the Rings but failed miserably. The Peter Jackson-directed film series was criticized for its excessive unnecessary plot additions, superfluous antagonists, and a non-canonical romance between an elf and a dwarf.
The only redeeming feature of the trilogy was the scene between Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) near the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The thrilling faceoff between the two characters felt true to the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, which centers on a David and Goliath-like story common in many folk stories. The banter between Bilbo and Smaug was entertaining and the dragon villain was really menacing compared to other one-dimensional antagonists featured in the movie series.