The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

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Released:  Friday, December 13, 2013  
Length:  126 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


Synopsis

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

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chantal99
 ldk
05/03/2015 12:43 AM EST

lizethmartinez
 Lizeth landaverde
11/08/2014 9:08 PM EST

movieguynathan
 Relaxing for the evening.
08/30/2014 8:30 PM EST

bloodbought2173
 Awesome
08/25/2014 12:52 AM EST

po
 Great
04/22/2014 8:47 PM EST

pegspencer
 Did not see third movie coming at all
04/18/2014 7:42 PM EST

shazamjoker1
 Best hobbit by far precious
02/25/2014 12:46 PM EST

bcd
 Awesome! Mirkwood scene with spiders absolutely scared me, but awesome! Smaug was EPIC!!!!! Can't wait for 3rd
02/04/2014 5:25 PM EST

kivan
 It was really good
01/15/2014 8:13 AM EST

peterhawley
 Looks good
01/02/2014 3:23 PM EST

realisticzx
 Extremely fun. Very enjoyable and worth every penny. For western fantasy fan.
01/01/2014 3:36 PM EST

realisticzx
 Extremely fun. Worth every penny. Watch IT.
01/01/2014 3:15 PM EST

je_daii
 Loved it. Lot of action and stunts. Graphics were amazing. 4 out of 5 stars.
12/30/2013 11:25 PM EST

karin_88
 Yes! Finally!
12/23/2013 3:19 PM EST

movieguynathan
 Finally watching. Good seeing Legolas again.
12/15/2013 10:04 PM EST
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Theatrical Review


Fresh from his victorious game of riddles with Gollum in the previous movie, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves lead by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), as well as the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), continue their quest to The Lonely Mountain and claim what is rightfully theirs. But, in order to succeed, they must battle the dragon that dwells beneath the mountain, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). Before getting that far though, they have to out run orcs, battle with arachnids in Mirkwood, and a whole lot more, all the while you're left wondering if the company of thirteen will ever make it to Erebor.

I will freely admit that after last year's introduction to the Hobbit I was a left a little deflated; it wasn't what I was expecting and certainly nowhere near the quality of Peter Jackson's Rings trilogy. I was left wondering is this one middle earth trilogy too many? Well, all fears of that being repeated again are quelled virtually from the very beginning. The Desolation of Smaug hits the floor running and does not stop until the end credits, more akin to its previous trilogy rather than its previous movie. It's a  2 hour 41 minute rollercoaster of a ride. Working from a script that not only has Tolkien's The Hobbit for reference, but also his work The Quest of Erebor, the movie is packed full of fun and adventure, but unlike its predecessor it does not feel long winded and hollow.

All the major players return; McKellen's portrayal of the enduring Gandalf is always a pleasure, and keeping up with reprising characters from LOTR is Orlando Bloom as Legolas. However, it is Martin Freeman who really does take centre stage a fuller more mature performance, now Bilbo is almost an equal among the party, unlike the first movie where everything seemed to revolve around the dwarves who liked to look down upon the Halfling, he now stands tall (pun not intended) and they seem to have a certain amount of respect for the burglar from the Shire. There are some notable new faces as well: Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), a female elf that does give a bit of femininity to an almost all male cast, and the rather vile Master of Laketown (Stephen Fry) with his snivelling sidekick Alfrid (Ryan Gage), but best of all is Luke Evans as the bargeman Bard a character that has his own tale to tell.

One thing shining brighter than the Arkenstone itself are the action sequences. Whether it is elves fighting orcs or dwarves white rafting in barrels down a river being shot at with arrows, they shot so well that you feel like you're a part of it yourself. CGI throughout is as you would expect of any Jackson film, superb, but even he has raised the bar for the last scene, inside Smaug's lair. Submerged in a sea of gold, the first time you set eye upon him you sense the evil his presence has had on the valley below for so many years. Added with Cumberbatch's booming almost demonic voice over "I am fire, I am death", leaves you in no doubt this is one beast not to be messed with.

Peter Jackson once again has shaken his magic staff and brought middle earth to life yet again. The Desolation of Smaug is right up there with his telling of The Lord of the Rings and may be the best of the five so far.

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