The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

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The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins continues his adventure with Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield, encountering the vicious dragon Smaug.

Starring:
Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman
Runtime:
2 hours 41 minutes

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Genres Children & Family, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Peter Jackson
Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman
Supporting actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Manu Bennett, Aiden Turner, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Stephen Fry, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
It is a long time since I read any of Tolkien’s books, and I came to this having watched the first film, as well as the sequel Lord of the Rings trilogy. If, as with any film, you disregard the original source material and treat it on its own merits, then this is a very good sequel to the first film. The story, expanded in places, but still in keeping with the spirit of the original story, if not the fine detail – I’m sure I remember the Goblins as being less monstrous in the written version – takes us through Mirkwood, on to the Lake village, and finally into Dwarf city ‘under the mountain’. Meanwhile, Gandalf has gone off to investigate the tombs of the Nazgul, and to look into Dol Guldur, where a Shadow is walking…

This is a fast-moving adventure, despite being over two and a half hours long. I kept checking the elapsed time, just in case I was approaching a cliffhanger, only to find there was much more time to go. Note that the end credits take up ten minutes, so adjust your expectations accordingly. It really is an epic story told in an epic way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Although An Unexpected Journey was a very impressive film, I still firmly believe that The Lord of the Rings trilogy is much better, despite the fact that it was made over ten years prior to The Hobbit and with the release of the second instalment of The Hobbit, I still stand by that. Although perhaps more visually impressive, the use of computer generated effects is also much more obvious and things are less 'real' than in Lord of the Rings. What I do love about this, however, is the vibrancy that these effects bring to the film. Both The Desolation of Smaug and An Unexpected Journey are such colourful and vibrant films and this really stands out to me. Whether the scenes are full of dark magic, Smaug's orange fire or the green Shire the picture on screen always looks incredible. It's so nice to see familiar places from The Lord of the Rings trilogy made even more impressive by the use of modern technology, in addition to the fact that The Hobbit is set before LoTR thus these places are much 'younger' in this story anyway.

In term's of plot, being the middle instalment I feel that this film was much more developed that An Unexpected Journey which did much for setting up the world of The Hobbit but not much for developing the plot. Of course, the big plot point that is introduced in this film is Smaug himself, a fearsome dragon who sleeps on a bed of Dwarf gold. The voice of Smaug is absolutely perfect, giving off an incredibly dangerous and evil feel and every time Smaug spoke it sent shivers down my spine. Benedict Cumberbatch has proved that even when you can't see him on screen, he's still incredibly talented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kilrymont on 26 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Visually this film is real eye candy. Productions standards are (mostly) of the highest quality, although things get extremely silly in the barrel-chase in the rapids. Which goes on, and on, and on.. Then it goes on some more, still goes on for another while till you come to the conclusion that for them to be going down falls and rapids for that time, the Mirkwood elves must have had their clubhouse about half a mile altitude above lake level. The barrels sliding down disastrously steep falls repeatedly and never sinking under their dwarf contents is.... well it just should never have been done that way at all. I don't recall any Orc involvment at that point? It's been a while since my last read of it, so could be wrong I suppose.

The studio clearly believes that More is ALWAYS Better - Much, Much better. So all the sequences where action is served up go on - and on, and on. Get the picture? (It's on Netlfix now so you don't actually have to "get the picture" for yourself.)

Things are pretty much as to be expected. They take major liberties with the book (which as everybody knows should have provided only one decent film instead of three overstretched overblown epics where no chance is lost to make every part do the work of two. Or three?

However although I've moaned a good deal (with good reason) the sequence with Calamity Smaug is beautifully conceived - and then (surprise surpise) goes on - and on - and on. Far far too long, much too long. And it's full of added and extremely stupid dwarf-fightback that had no place in The Hobbit book at all. They cobble up top rate high volume blast furnace meltdown of multiple swimming-pool volumes of gold on the premise that Smaug will oblige by standing still waiting to be gilded. And of course - he does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By beelzebomb on 10 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Kinda caught between 2 & 3 stars as yes, as many reviews have already said, unlike Lord of the Rings, which spreads nicely into a trilogy, this is a shorter book & is thus being spread a little thin in each film. While this is far more energetic than the 1st film & less talky, it does go on. Not only is this book spread across 3 films rather unnecessarily, the films themselves are long too. The effects and visuals are great, but it's all a bit inferior to the magnificent Lord of the Rings trilogy. And be prepared, the final scenes with the dragon just go on forever & ever & ever to the point of wanting to fast-forward.
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