The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Movie Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

2013 | PG-13 | Fantasy, Adventure
161 minutes /

User Score: 46/100


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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Synopsis:

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) is a USA/New Zealand high fantasy adventure film that is the second installment in a three-part film series that is based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel, The Hobbit. Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)) once again excelled upon executing this film. He made a cameo appearance in the movie as the man in Bree eating a carrot. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) was preceded by An Unexpected Journey (2012) and was followed by The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). The three films act as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The majority of the movie was finished filming in the ending of July 2012 except for the additional shooting that took place during May 2013 in New Zealand where drones were used to capture some shots of the film. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was the 26th highest-grossing film in 2013 and was the fourth highest-grossing film of 2013. The movie grossed about $209 million worldwide on its opening weekend and grossed over $960 million worldwide. The film made about $134.1 million in profit, after all, expenses were calculated.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug revolves around Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)) as he goes on a mission. He is on the mission with Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)) and his fellow Dwarves. They are on the quest to try to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.

Gandalf (Ian McKellen - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)) rushed Thorin and his crew to Beorn home. They were rushed to Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt - In a Better World (2010), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), Beck (1997)) home because Azog was pursuing them. The Necromancer/Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game (2014), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Black Mass (2015)) summoned Azog to Dol Guldur to tell him to force a war.

Skip forward, we see Gandalf warning everyone to remain on the path as he leaves them to investigate the tombs of the Nazgul. It did not take long for them to run into giant spiders but Bilbo was able to rescue everyone with is invisibility ring. He soon learns the darkness of the ring after brutally killing a centipede-like creature. They were soon captured by the Wood-elves led by Tauriel and Legolas. Thorin told the Elvenking about him neglecting the Dwarves of Erebor after Smaug’s invasion 60 years ago. The group was soon imprisoned except for Bilbo. The movie progresses to being a fantastic entertaining treat that I would recommend to anyone who loves a good adventure flick.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has a softer storyline then we are used to seeing in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The sets, sceneries, and views were breathtaking as usual, and that is one of my favorite parts about watching Peter Jackson films. The adventure was actively sharp, entertaining, gripping, intense, fierce, magical, fast-paced, and thrilling moments. The sets were beautiful with lovely costumes, impressive CGI, and detailed architectural delights. Overall, this movie was excellent in almost every possible way so watch it at your earliest convenience.


About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Title: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Original Title: The Hobbit Part 2, There and Back Again Part 2
Year: 2013
Runtime: 161 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.25/5 stars from 24 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 24
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Katie Jackson, Terry Notary, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Matt Smith, Richard Whiteside, Stephen Ure, Joseph Mika-Hunt, Jonny Rees, Evangeline Lilly, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt, Allan Smith, Graham McTavish, Kelly Kilgour, Lawrence Makoare, Tim Gordon, Mark Hadlow, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Greg Ellis, Stephen Fry, Manu Bennett
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien
Director: Peter Jackson

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