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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Product Details

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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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. Yes, the weakest of the five, I still loved it and rated 5 stars. People who are lovers of the book, will find this tale nearly unrecognizable.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
I liked this second part of "Hobbit" film trilogy, even if the changes made to the original story become here as large and sometimes as vicious and destructive as Smaug the Magnificent. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS, which I tried to keep to strict minimum.

First, the good stuff:

1) Visually this film is breath-taking! Mirkwood, Dol Guldur, Erebor, and of course Smaug - pure perfection. Creatures were also very well made, with the attercops (ettercaps) from Mirkwood and Bolg, son of Azog being the most impressive.

2) The excellent casting. Not one mistake, and that includes Evangeline Lilly, who did a great job even if her controversial character Tauriel shouldn't be here at all... (see below). Special acclamation for Stephen Fry as Master of Lake-town of Esgaroth

3) Acoustics and music. Flawless.

4) Certain (but not all - see below) changes and additions to the story were well done and are very welcome, even if they take really big liberties with Tolkien's lore. Amongst them my favourites are the dark tombs in high mountains of Rhudaur and the long sequence in which Gandalf finally discovers who EXACTLY is the master of the "abandoned" fortress of Dol Guldur. I also rather liked the glimpse into the background of Elvish king Thranduil, as it explains why is he such an a-hole...

5) Some of most humorous action scenes. I liked the deliberately over the top character of some of the stunts during supposedly very dramatic fights - it very pleasantly reminds of the lighter tone of "Hobbit" as compared with the much more serious, darker and violent "Lord of the Rings".

6) Some insight into Orcs minds, especially when one of them, made prisoner by Elves, is interrogated...
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By AwesomeSauce on 1 Oct 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I wasn't to keen on this, it's certainly a departure from LOTR and my interest faltered at several points. It certainly doesn't follow the book in the keenest sense, adding an unnecessary plot element about being chased by Orcs or something like that!

Cinematics, as ever, are astounding and the visuals are beautiful.

The point where I became considerably disappointed was when they missed out the scene where Gandalf gradually introduces the Dwarves to his shape-shifting friend. In the film, they all just tumble inside in one go! Talk about a departure from the original writing!
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73 of 97 people found the following review helpful By willcarne on 17 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This film is largely criticised for not being true to the books etc, as I'm sure you are aware. However one thing that cannot be ignored is the fact that this is a GREAT film.

Some have criticised the Lord of the Rings trilogy for focussing so much on epic movie making, the story was neglected. However with the Hobbit, the best of both worlds has been achieved.

I went to see this film, and it has got to be one of the best movie experiences I've ever had. There's comedy, action, and the spectacular non-CGI scenery thats typical of Peter Jackson. The first film was perhaps a bit slow to start, but after watching this sequel, you'll forgive the filmmakers, as from the moment you see the words 'The Hobbit', the action starts.

Buy, watch, and enjoy!
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By Ado58 on 12 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed Tolkien's The Hobbit and Peter Jackson's films are so like the books. I was however taken aback by the abrupt ending to this film. Grrrr now I have to wait for Part 3.....I want the next film NOW!!!
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rt Giles on 10 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Why all the fuss about not following the story 100% ?

Most of the important parts of the story are here plus ALOT of bits that are only referenced in the appendixes of LOTR's. As a massive Rings and Hobbit fan (both books and films) I love Peter jackson's adaptations. Of course there are elements that are not in the book but isn't that artistic licence? If he made a mess off all the previous films I could understand people kicking off about the changes but to be honest, all the films (including this one) to date have been outstanding quality both as adaptations and as films. The attention to detail is phenomenal. People have done the same with George R.R Martins song of fire and ice series (which I have read and seen) and I feel people just want to kick off because they feel they have to because they have read the books, as long as it is done well what's the issue?!
Yes the film could have been made n two parts but I love Peter Jackson's films so I'm happy to sit through 9 hours or so as it is entertaining and isn't that what films are about???!!!!!
People should stop fussing, just because they have read the books doesn't give them license pick holes in a fantastic film trilogy/ series. But I guess you will never please everyone!
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