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.


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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 Did not see third movie coming at all
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 Best hobbit by far precious
2/25/2014 12:46 PM EDT

 Awesome! Mirkwood scene with spiders absolutely scared me, but awesome! Smaug was EPIC!!!!! Can't wait for 3rd
2/4/2014 5:25 PM EDT

 It was really good
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 Looks good
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 Extremely fun. Very enjoyable and worth every penny. For western fantasy fan.
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 Extremely fun. Worth every penny. Watch IT.
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Peter Jackson Renames Third Hobbit Installment  4/24/2014 3:05 PM EDT
Warner Bros Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema jointly announced today that the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."   The film, previously titled "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," will be released worldwide Dec...  More>>

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Six Exclusive Clips From The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  12/11/2012 11:49 AM EDT
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Warner Bros. Sets Date For Final Hobbit Film  8/31/2012 11:07 PM EDT
Warner Bros. and MGM have announced that they will be releasing "The Hobbit: There and Back Again", the last in the trilogy, on July 18, 2014. They have also announced that the new title for the second film will now be "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." All three films have been shot in 3D.Warner domestic distribution prexy, Dan Fellman, said, "We wanted to have a shorter gap between the secon...  More>>

Breaking News: Peter Jackson to Make The Hobbit a Trilogy  7/30/2012 11:57 AM EDT
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The Hobbit to Become A Trilogy?  7/25/2012 10:16 AM EDT
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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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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...