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The Hobbit-The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit-The Desolation of Smaug
Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen

Rated: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: December 13, 2013 Released by: New Line Cinema

Director Peter Jackson's second chapter in the Hobbit series trilogy is so much darker than the first. His An Unexpected Journey of 2012 was lighthearted and comical in comparison to Smaug. This new film is a dreary and desolate fantasy which is painfully long at 2 hours and 41 minutes.

Numerous special effects, with not enough character development are two major problems. Jackson's dwarves continue to be boring and obnoxious, with no real endearing qualities The seven dwarfs in Walt Disney's 1937 Snow White had much greater distinction with their varied personalities.

Annoyingly disjointed sequences make it all feel passionless, while lacking some much needed continuity. Smaug began to lose its flow during the first half hour.

The scenes between 'Smaug' the dragon, and Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) feel endless. One never knows when the Wizard Gandolf (Ian McKellen) will appear, reappear, then disappear again. He just drops off the radar for no logical reason.

The abrupt cliffhanger ending of Smaug is also disappointing. Many audience members were upset and disillusioned. Hopefully, Peter Jackson can redeem himself with the third, and final chapter. His legion of fans deserve a blockbuster after Smaug. If not; the Hobbit trilogy will soon be forgotten.

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