Unfortunately not much of an improvement from its predecessor. Smaug doesn't actually cause much "desolation" during this film, but I will give Jeter Packson some credit as the film ends with the implication that Smaug will cause desolation. It was really disappointing for myself and 8 year old Jesse as we made our own pizzas to eat while watching the movie. We're a little new to making pizza though, so it turned out a little underbaked, and we should probably use better cheese next time. Definitely should use less dough too. Hopefully both our pizza skills and Packson's title making skills improve for the next one.
I love you Mr. Shyamalan but I was able to easily snap the blue ray disc in half, proving that this film is breakable. Just to make sure it wasn't just my unbelievable strength, I bought another disc and had 8 year old Jesse give it a try (not to suggest 8 year old Jesse isn't strong he's been doing great during his Karate lessons just so you know). He too was able to snap it with ease. A damn shame really.