The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3D)
Second instalment of an epic fantasy adventure.
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3D)

13 Dec, 2013
2 hrs 42 mins
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The hobbit Bilbo Baggins, along with the wizard Gandalf and the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield and his twelve companions, leave the Carrock after the events of the previous film. They continue east to the edge of the forest of Mirkwood where they encounter the skin-changer Beorn. Gandalf departs before the others enter Mirkwood where they are attacked by giant spiders and, except for Bilbo, are captured by Wood-elves. Bilbo helps the dwarves escape from the elves and they follow the forest river to Lake-town, where they meet the Master of the town, and Bard, a bowman and the descendant of the original Lord of Dale. After acquiring a boat and supplies from the town, the company travels to the Lonely Mountain. They eventually find the hidden door into the mountain and Bilbo enters and encounters the dragon Smaug.

In the meantime, Gandalf leads the White Council to drive the Necromancer out of Dol Guldur. Gandalf enters Dol Guldur, where he discovers the true identity of the Necromancer. The elves of Mirkwood, led by King Thranduil and his son, Legolas, must battle the orc invasions from Dol Guldur.
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For all those who thought it was a really bad idea for Peter Jackson to make three movies for The Hobbit - Eat your words! The second rendition of the film franchise exudes exquisite exuberance, to say the least. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is an alluring fusion of Tolkien`s superior fantasy-fiction elements mixed ... ...Read full review
With over a decade spent immersed in Middle Earth literature, the scale and specifications of J R R Tolkiens sprawling fantasy novels are so deeply entrenched in director Peter Jacksons being, it renders his adaptations a fearlessness, which allows him to both - adapt a trilogy as well as create one - for the cinematic medium. Only Tolkiens The Hobbit is not a set of three books like The Lord of the Rings. But a rather droll and lively if concise adventure of thirteen dwarves and one hobbit, led by a charismatic Wizard (who disappears for long spells without explaining why) to recover ancestral treasure from Smaug, the fire-breathing dragon residing in Lonely Mountain. Even though Jacksons bold meddling and protracting of this not-so-lengthy matter is poised for a nearly nine-hour long feature, the upshot is anything but rambling. ...Read full review
The Desolation of Smaug has a pace and a cohesiveness that the previous film, An Unexpected Journey, lacked. Jackson spends more time fleshing out his characters here, and gives us some welcome moments of humor too. But this is, for the most part a solid action picture, and the set-pieces don`t disappoint. I`m going with three-and-a-half out of five for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. By the time the film ends, in a rather abrupt climax, you`ve forgiven its faults, and you`ll be eager to see how it all ends. Until next year then... ...Read full review
The good news is that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is less laborious and more exciting than the first film. The bad news is that at two hours and forty-one minutes, its still a slog. Peter Jacksons second installment in the trilogy - that is three movies made out of an approximately 300-page book - goes on and on and on. There are scenes here of great power and beauty but they are buried under so much plot, exposition and explanation of the very complex mythology of Middle Earth that after a while, my eyes glazed over. Once again, we join Bilbo Baggins, played by the wonderful Martin Freeman, and the 13 dwarves as they proceed toward the Lonely mountain and staggering treasure. My favorite part of the film is a high-octane sequence in which the dwarves float down a churning river in barrels, even as they are being attacked by Orcs. Yes, it plays out like a theme park ride but its so immersive and action-packed, that you almost feel yourself drowning with the dwarves. The ugly, evil Orcs are everywhere but the grandest villain is of course, Smaug himself, a magnificent, malevolent, fire-breathing dragon, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Jackson also builds nicely the slow evolution of Bilbo Baggins, as he is increasingly influenced by the all-powerful ring that he has hidden in his coat pocket. However, most of the characters onscreen - digital and real - are very hard to care for. Its an epic CGI fantasy with little emotional resonance. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isnt essential viewing. But you wont be entirely disappointed either. Just come armed with patience and a full stomach. Im going with three stars. ...Read full review
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