The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Movie Review


Peter Jackson’s second outing in The Hobbit universe is his shortest Middle Earth film yet. It’s still 161 minutes though! Hit the jump to watch my full review…

Official 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.

Review Summary: Watching this second installment in the Hobbit franchise, I get the feeling Peter Jackson actually listened to some of the concerns revolving around the first film. This is a much tighter, sleeker film, with wonderfully choreographed action sequences, and a far more weighty story. This time around, it feels like it matters. Beautiful CGI, great performances, and one majorly impressive dragon.

Grade: A-

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom,
Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lilly
Directed by: Peter Jackson
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Run Time: 161 min.

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