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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Adventure | 161 minutes / 186 minutes (extended edition)
3,66 2.750 votes

Genre: Adventure / Fantasy

Duration: 161 minuten / 186 minuten (extended edition)

Alternative titles: The Hobbit Part 2 / De Hobbit: De Woestenij van Smaug

Country: United States / New Zealand

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage

IMDb score: 7,8 (708.603)

Releasedate: 11 December 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug plot

"Beyond darkness... beyond desolation... lies the greatest danger of all."

After successfully traversing and under the Misty Mountains, Thorin and his party must call on a powerful stranger before they can brave the perils of Demsterwold - without their sorcerer. When they reach Meerstad, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins will have to fulfill his agreement with the Dwarves. The party must complete the journey to the Lonely Mountain and Baggins must find the Secret Door that grants him access to the dragon Smaug's treasure. And where has Gandalf gone? And what is his secret business in the South?

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Chainsaw

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While the first Hobbit was already a huge waste of time, this second movie is even worse. Although the film is called The Hobbit, Martin Freeman (actually one of the few bright spots in this trilogy) hardly gets anything to do. Usually he just stands there or disappears - like Gandalf - completely from the scene. Then the attention goes completely to those oh so uninteresting fucking dwarfs Fiddily, Flappie, Wappie, Doopy and I know. One has a pain in his leg and falls in love with an elf in perhaps one of the dumbest romantic subplots in movie history.

But yes, Jackson must do something to stretch the time, after all, the source material was only enough for one film of at most two hours. Until now, the fact that there are occasional small touches of filler in the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a whole film as filler; that's something else. I mean, if your own fire-breathing dragon—which could be off the dwarfs in seconds—mainly monologues to pass the time, then something's up.

But even if the dragon had been efficient, it wouldn't have made much difference. We have already seen in the previous film that nothing can happen to our main characters, no matter what happens. We should not expect a dark tone either; the orcs, spiders and other villains have mostly childish voices and the slapstick from the first Hobbit movie continues quietly, with here and there even more infantile than before. Take a sudden totally unfunny Blackadder sketch with Stephen Fry and his sidekick. We also hang around there endlessly because Jackson has to fill three three-hour films if necessary.

1.5 stars.

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mrklm

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The second film in the Hobbit trilogy begins with a flashback in which Gandalf [Ian McKellen] and Dwarf King Thorin Oakenshield [Richard Armitage] meet for the first time. Since the dragon Smaug [impressively voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch] doesn't know the smell of hobbits, it's up to Bilbo Baggins [Martin Freeman] to invade Erebor using the magic ring and destroy the Heart of the Mountain. to help Thorin unite the dwarf tribes in their battle against Smaug. Although some new characters appear (the Trolls score high), there is hardly any character development making this less interesting than its predecessor. Bilbo's confrontation with Smaug is memorable, but unfortunately this is mainly a connection between the opening and the final.

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Alathir

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Part 2 is also of the level of part 1. The trip towards Erebor continues. I especially like the part in Dol Guldur with Gandalf's confrontation with Evil and the discovery of the Dwarf King Thrain. I secretly hope that some more lore of Angmar and Mordor will be filmed. The mysteriousness of those places really appeals to me. This piece also stands in contrast to the rest. Little color compared to the hall full of gold in Erebor or the Demsterworld. The dragon might be a bit disappointing somewhere. In any case, it's crazy that he survives that wave of liquid gold (that's around 1100 degrees!), let alone that he can fly with it when it has solidified. On to part 3 that in my memory is the least.

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