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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)


Ian McKellen
Martin Freeman
Richard Armitage
Benedict Cumberbatch

Directed by Peter Jackson

Well then, to be honest The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) to me was much of a waste and was just interesting based on the idea that something was about to happen, an idea that I have to give Peter Jackson a pat on the back for, because he rode the movie for almost three hours on that idea and filled the screen with singing, long walks, forgettable scenes, needless conversations and elongated fight scenes.
All this seemed too useless to miss as a tactic to make the film longer. Now The Desolation of Smaug is a little different, although it is for sure an also purposely elongated movie so that it will fit a three hour margin, Peter Jackson decided to add appendices from Tolkien's The Return of the King. This made the movie more fun to watch, as many things due to the events in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy made sense.

I liked this movie better than the first and I think it is a good one for all to go see, I delayed in seeing it because I didn’t like the first one mostly because I was wondering why someone would decide to turn one book into a trilogy and fill the first part of the trilogy with wasted screen time, this time Jackson decided to add more to the film.

I’m sure you are tired of the build up to this review, so here it goes. The plot has our beloved Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continuing his quest with thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). While the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) investigates a growing evil at Dol Guldur.
What I have not seem to grab when watching this events at Middle-earth is why does Gandalf always have a reason to go away to investigate something and leave this poor helpless group of people that he unites together to go solve a problem, that he very well would have been useful in solving it early if he just stayed put.

But you know, he can’t be in two places at once so he has to go resolve or call for help somewhere else.

The movie is all that and a bag of chips, well done Peter Jackson.

Now that he has done all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit, I hope for something just as creatively interesting as this in future movies. I’m most definitely looking forward to the last installment of this Trilogy.


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