The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
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The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.(c) WB
Dec 13, 2013 Wide
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Sure, all the studios offer anymore are big, dumb adventure spectacles, but that's not a knock against the achievement of this one, which at least parades wonders before us, not the least being the greatest dragon in the history of movies.
Eschewing the kitchen-sink minutiae of the first installment, Peter Jackson creates a rousing, immersive sequel that offers the same sort of sweeping action - and emotional engagement - that helped the "Rings" films become a cultural phenomenon.
Nearly everything about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug represents an improvement over the first installment of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved creation.
After a bumpy beginning with 'An Unexpected Journey,' Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' trilogy finds its footing in this much more exciting and purposeful second chapter.
While the film's needlessly abrupt ending prevents it from working on its own terms, "The Desolation of Smaug" is quite nearly a great Hobbit film, filled with wondrous invention, genuine pathos, and many great performances.
Congratulations, Millenials - you have your own disappointing Prequel Trilogy.
Some problems persist...but the series has found its footing, replacing complacency with storytelling confidence. With one left to go, Jackson's Tolkien films are beginning to feel all of one piece.
One is allowed to sit back and accept that this will be a trilogy with just a bunch of mildly diverting, often seemingly purposeless loud and clangy stuff.
...a near perfect blend of the previous trilogy as well as giving Bilbo Baggins his own fully realized story with another brilliant creation in the form of Smaug.
Jackson barely puts a hairy foot wrong for an action-packed two hours and 40 minutes.
Jackson evidently takes great pleasure in just giving us all this wonderful sense of escapism, with some unashamed, fantastical fun to indulge in.
A freewheeling and exciting second film that moves at a breathless pace offering up entertainment and excitement in equal measure and ends on a dramatic high that will have fantasy fans desperate for more.
Despite suffering from middle-act wobbles, The Desolation Of Smaug nevertheless delivers rousing action, incredible visuals and one stupendous dragon.
The Desolation of Smaug feels Ringsier in tone while forging entirely its own narrative path, marrying breathless action with shrewd character building.
As an audience, we are literally traveling there and back again, and with The Desolation of Smaug, I'd suggest you're in for a hell of a ride.
A welcome return to form for Peter Jackson that should help remind everyone why they loved 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy so much.
Even though he airballs the finale and occasionally stumbles along the way, Peter Jackson does bring the old magic back.
A once-precious franchise's weakest installment, which forgets these adventures' magic was never conjured by bells and whistles.
Maybe this really is what a lot of people want to see from a film version of The Hobbit, but let's at least accept that Tolkien would probably not have been among them.
It's a breathlessly told, action-packed crowd-pleaser that restores the luster of the saga for those underwhelmed by its predecessor and leaves you excited for the final chapter in the trilogy.
Audience Reviews for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
- Smaug: Come now! Don't be shy. Step into the light!
- Smaug: Well, thief! Where are you?
- Thorin Oakenshield: If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together.
- Smaug: I am King Under the Mountain!!
- Gandalf: We've been blind, and in our blindness, our enemy has returned.
- Bard the Bowman: You have no right to enter that mountain!
- Thorin Oakenshield: I have the only right!
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