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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
The second installment is in the books as the dwarfs try to regain their home. In this installment we are introduced to a passionate elf named Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) one of the bright spots of the film. I thought the spiders were more realistic. Tauriel reiterates a basic theme "Are we not part of this world?" When good people stand by, evil wins.

It was interesting to see Legolas (Orlando Bloom) in this film as it establishes his relationship with the dwarfs to create better story continuity. At the same time the continuity is lost as we never have that scene in LOTR when Legolas says to Gimli, "Hey, I met your father." Radagast (Sylvester McCoy) once again appears in the Hobbit, a wizard cut out of LOTR for "brevity." If only we could go back and film it all over.

The film ends at an awkward point. Most people I have talked to claimed this was better than the first installment with more action. I will admit I enjoyed the first feature better, and of all the 5 films released to date, I would rate this as the weakest. Still, if you are going to see the third film, you pretty much need to see this one in spite on any shortcomings. People who are lovers of the book, will find this tale nearly unrecognizable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 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 Carry on calmly on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's not Tolkiens imagination, nor Peter Jackson's skill as displayed in LOTR, but the CGI industry taking over. The film could have been shorter, left out a substantial part of the padding, yet included all that was necessary to cover the original Hobbit as well as the flashbacks and previews of the rise of the Necromancer/Sauron. Overall however, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to viewing the Appendices. As a LOTR fan it's a must.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jacob h on 8 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a far better extended edition then an unexpected journey's one.
Firstly, the design of the box is much better. The golden writing on the front is shiny rather then plain and the detail on the front and back pictures are good. When you take off the sleeve, there are some good pictures of the map of Erebor and Bilbo, Smaug and the Arkenstone.
Secondly, the extended scenes are worth nearly 27 minutes. AUJ's extended scenes were a mere 13 minutes that did not change the story whatsoever. The best scenes are perhaps the longest. After waking up at Beorn's house, Gandalf and Bilbo introduce themselves to Beorn and the dwarves follow in paris. This is a great scene because in the theatrical cut there was too little of Beorn. The next scene i loved was of more Mirkwood. Here we see the Company crossing the bridge and Thorin trying to kill a deer. The third and probably the best scene that was new is Gandalf meeting thrain (Thorin's dad) in Dol Goldur. Some of the scenes in the theatrical cut of Dol Goldur just had Gandalf, here you have Gandalf and thrain. This is emotional particularly when the scene ends.
Thirdly, the extras are even better. Nine hours of fun film making with some scenes devoted to the Battle of the Five Armies film.
In total, this is an extended edition fit to match the first two lord of the rings extended editions.
BTW, parents dont be pertubed by the 15 rating this has been given. The film itself is a 12 as it says on the actual disc and it is one of the appendices that has a 15 on the disc.
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Ok, I know the 'rings' trilogy had its fair share of artistic licence, I fully expected these films to have the same but making them into three films instead of two is just being greedy, there are for example, passages that have been deliberately extended simply to make the film longer (like the Dwarves at Bilbo's and the Stone Giants scene). There are other big ones too - a dead character who is not only alive but plays a large part, other characters and scenes only mentioned briefly in the book but here given extended scenes in an out-and-out money-spinning artificial lengthening of this film. But as entertainment they are fine as long as they are not taken too seriously with regards to the Tolkien book, they are enjoyable enough to watch albeit too long and overly dark.

I would definitely have stuck with them and I would have bought them purely on my desire to have the full set - if it weren't for the subtitles - they are HUGE. I mean seriously, intrusively huge.

These would be fine for cinematic viewing but on a bluray or on a DVD they should have been put as a forced subtitle stream in normal font (like the Rings Trilogy was), not burnt-in and inescapably eye-popping as these monstrosities are.

These are ruined for me and I absolutely will not buy them or even watch them again. I was lucky this time as a neighbour had the Journey and Smaug extended editions for Christmas and last night we watched them for the first time on Bluray. I am glad I did as I fully intended to buy this trilogy for myself. Something I will not be doing now. I have put screen-shots up, I am unsure whether they will be posted so for those of you who have not seen the DVD/Bluray release yet take note, rent first to see what I mean.
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