The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth continues with part two of his three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Young Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), legendary warrior Thorin Oakensheild (Richard Armitage) and a posse of 13 dwarves journey to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.

Having passed the Lonely Mountain and the goblin tunnels, the cavalcade must now traverse spider-infested forests, the lands of the unforgiving Elves and a poverty-stricken lakeside town on the verge of political collapse. But in the very mountain kingdom the dwarves are trying to reclaim, Bilbo’s greatest challenge lies dormant: the almighty dragon Smaug.

2013Rating: M, Fantasy violence161 minsUSA, New Zealand
AdventureFantasy
95%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Without the 40 minute set-up of irritating character introductions that halted An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug falls more in line with Part 1’s more riveting second and third acts. The 161 minute running time feels more like a 100m sprint than a marathon, making this middle chapter of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit the most accessible addition to the Middle Earth saga.

4.0
0

Peter Jackson is back on form with this one with superb action sequences (the barrel chase down the river...WOW!) and with a lot more heart than the first.

4.0
0

Awesome

Well Done Peter Jackson.. once again real entertainment. Really enjoyed it

5.0
0

Same old, same old

Same old, same old a lot of darkness with no relation to anything important on the planet and even the special effects limp miles behind of something like Avatar. Cutting an hour out of it would have helped a little.

2.0
0

The Last Ringbearers Re-return

Actually my interest in the LOTR greatly diminished after the initial trilogy and I was not gripped by the same excitement and interest that I was with the first of the LOTR films. I was surprised then when I saw the latest monolithic offering from Mr Jacksons stable that it was actually quite a good film. The 161 min runtime initially put me off a little...

4.0
0

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Good film, didn't seem a long film watching it. Well done, apart from some of the SFX poorly done. Apart from that, looking forward to the next one.

4.0
0

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

F**K YES! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is just what this franchise needed. A major improvement over An Unexpected Journey, which I originally gave a five star review. The light, family-friendly tone is now gone. This installment is darker, intense and more action-packed. Martin Freeman crushes it as Bilbo Baggins, who we see his obsession with the...

5.0
0

A Journey Of Epic Proportions

Peter Jackson is the master of the camera.Every camera angle and film shot is thought through to perfection.The camera will sometimes hide behind a rock or tree while the viewer will try to see around the corner.Impressive stuff.The scenes and set pieces are far bigger than the story. It will take you on a realistic journey through forests,rivers and...

5.0
0

Made for 3D HFR viewing at Embassy theatre with thunderous sound!!

Saw this at Readings wishing the whole time I was at the Embassy in 3D!! Still great in 2d but made for 3D HFR!!!

4.0
0

Lots of spectacle, but WAY TOO LONG

About 90 minutes in, I just wanted the film to end. Sure, lots happened in the film, and the set pieces were well put together, but they just continued to drag on and on and on. I'd probably add at least another star if the pacing was tighter.

3.0
0

Amazing journey

You don't even realize over two hours has gone by. It's action-packed, brilliant scenes, flawless CGI, and much character development. Martin Freeman was no doubt phenomenal as Bilbo in this film; he was endearing and hilarious. Fantastic work from WETA in creating a perfect Smaug. Great film; definitely looking forward to the next one!

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

This robust, action-packed adventure benefits from a headier sense of forward momentum and a steady stream of 3D-enhanced thrills.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Despite suffering from middle-act wobbles... nevertheless delivers rousing action, incredible visuals and one stupendous dragon.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Exhaustion has set in by the time Bilbo and his friends encounter Smaug... so it's a good thing that that's when Jackson goes full bore with the adrenalizing, digitally augmented braggadocio.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Desolation of Smaug is a cheerfully entertaining and exhilarating adventure tale, a supercharged Saturday morning picture: it's mysterious and strange and yet Jackson also effortlessly conjures up that genial quality that distinguishes The Hobbit from the more solemn Rings stories.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Unnecessarily sprawling... It’s hard to fight the feeling that The Hobbit simply isn’t an epic story, and the efforts to expand it into one leave it feeling like an anvil crammed into a sock.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

After exhibiting an almost craven fidelity to his source material the first time out, Jackson gets the drama in gear here from the outset with a sense of storytelling that possesses palpable energy and purpose.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Middle-earth's got its mojo back. A huge improvement on the previous installment, this takes our adventurers into uncharted territory and delivers spectacle by the ton.

5.0
0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Without the 40 minute set-up of irritating character introductions that halted An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug falls more in line with Part 1’s more riveting second and third acts. The 161 minute running time feels more like a 100m sprint than a marathon, making this middle chapter of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit the most accessible addition to the Middle Earth saga.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

This robust, action-packed adventure benefits from a headier sense of forward momentum and a steady stream of 3D-enhanced thrills.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Despite suffering from middle-act wobbles... nevertheless delivers rousing action, incredible visuals and one stupendous dragon.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Exhaustion has set in by the time Bilbo and his friends encounter Smaug... so it's a good thing that that's when Jackson goes full bore with the adrenalizing, digitally augmented braggadocio.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Desolation of Smaug is a cheerfully entertaining and exhilarating adventure tale, a supercharged Saturday morning picture: it's mysterious and strange and yet Jackson also effortlessly conjures up that genial quality that distinguishes The Hobbit from the more solemn Rings stories.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Unnecessarily sprawling... It’s hard to fight the feeling that The Hobbit simply isn’t an epic story, and the efforts to expand it into one leave it feeling like an anvil crammed into a sock.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

After exhibiting an almost craven fidelity to his source material the first time out, Jackson gets the drama in gear here from the outset with a sense of storytelling that possesses palpable energy and purpose.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Middle-earth's got its mojo back. A huge improvement on the previous installment, this takes our adventurers into uncharted territory and delivers spectacle by the ton.

5.0
0

Peter Jackson is back on form with this one with superb action sequences (the barrel chase down the river...WOW!) and with a lot more heart than the first.

4.0
0

Awesome

Well Done Peter Jackson.. once again real entertainment. Really enjoyed it

5.0
0

Same old, same old

Same old, same old a lot of darkness with no relation to anything important on the planet and even the special effects limp miles behind of something like Avatar. Cutting an hour out of it would have helped a little.

2.0
0

The Last Ringbearers Re-return

Actually my interest in the LOTR greatly diminished after the initial trilogy and I was not gripped by the same excitement and interest that I was with the first of the LOTR films. I was surprised then when I saw the latest monolithic offering from Mr Jacksons stable that it was actually quite a good film. The 161 min runtime initially put me off a...

4.0
0

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Good film, didn't seem a long film watching it. Well done, apart from some of the SFX poorly done. Apart from that, looking forward to the next one.

4.0
0

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

F**K YES! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is just what this franchise needed. A major improvement over An Unexpected Journey, which I originally gave a five star review. The light, family-friendly tone is now gone. This installment is darker, intense and more action-packed. Martin Freeman crushes it as Bilbo Baggins, who we see his obsession with the...

5.0
0

A Journey Of Epic Proportions

Peter Jackson is the master of the camera.Every camera angle and film shot is thought through to perfection.The camera will sometimes hide behind a rock or tree while the viewer will try to see around the corner.Impressive stuff.The scenes and set pieces are far bigger than the story. It will take you on a realistic journey through forests,rivers and...

5.0
0

Made for 3D HFR viewing at Embassy theatre with thunderous sound!!

Saw this at Readings wishing the whole time I was at the Embassy in 3D!! Still great in 2d but made for 3D HFR!!!

4.0
0

Lots of spectacle, but WAY TOO LONG

About 90 minutes in, I just wanted the film to end. Sure, lots happened in the film, and the set pieces were well put together, but they just continued to drag on and on and on. I'd probably add at least another star if the pacing was tighter.

3.0
0

Amazing journey

You don't even realize over two hours has gone by. It's action-packed, brilliant scenes, flawless CGI, and much character development. Martin Freeman was no doubt phenomenal as Bilbo in this film; he was endearing and hilarious. Fantastic work from WETA in creating a perfect Smaug. Great film; definitely looking forward to the next one!

4.0
0