The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Movie Review
Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien (novel)
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Manu Bennett, Stephen Fry
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This is very much a continuation of the first Hobbit movie, so anyone who hasn’t see An Unexpected Journey will have some trouble keeping the characters straight. There’s a little tidbit of backstory tossed in to help them out, but it’ll be a bit confusing.
Overall, The Desolation of Smaug works better than An Unexpected Journey, especially if you’ve seen the first movie. The dwarves are no longer strangers, and you’ve bought in to their quest. There are more adventures with elves–Woodland elves this time, and we get to see a younger, wilder Legolas.
Of course, there is an extended setpiece river escape that, like the run through the goblin tunnels in the first movies, seems destined for a video game. It went on too long, for no good purpose.