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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Peter Jackson

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About the Movie

Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson continues his Middle-earth adventure following Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who's swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. In the company of thirteen dwarves and the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo enters the Lonely Mountain in possession of Gollum's "precious" ring and his keen blade, Sting. With an all-star cast and the effects wizardry of Jackson's award-winning Weta Workshop, Tolkien's epic story comes to life as never before imagined.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 226
  • Fresh: 169
  • Rotten: 57
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A relentless adventure tale, teaming with rowdy action, slavering enemies and Elven gymnastics. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Dec 12, 2013

Fresh: Peter Jackson's newest installment of the Tolkien trilogy is set afire by the scorching roar of a dragon. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Dec 12, 2013

Rotten: It often feels like the movie's title character is marginalized in his own story. – Ian Buckwalter, NPR, Dec 13, 2013

Fresh: The latest lap of their journey is far more focused and much more exciting than the last one. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Dec 12, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Beyond darkness…beyond desolation…lies the most unforgettable dragon ever!!

Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson continues his unnecessary trilogy with an action-packed second chapter: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’. We, again, follow the Dwarves as they continue their quest to reclaim, Erebor, their stolen mountain kingdom from Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch). This time, though, they face familiar and new dangers such as colossul spiders, more orcs and the greatest peril of them all: the earth-shaking villainous beast the fans have been waiting for. And, once again, there are plots within the main overall plot such as Bilbo’s One Ring secret and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) branching off on his own quest where he confronts the Necromancer (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Never have I felt so much tension and menace from a movie villain once Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) entered Erebor. He is sent inside to search for and bring back the Arkenstone: a white object that will make Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) king under the mountain. In the meantime, though, Smaug is king under the mountain, sleeping under a enormous pile of gold.

I remember Thorin being doubtful about Bilbo’s ability in the first installment yet, in many ways, he was right. Bilbo even admitted he doubted himself, too and that he was self-centered. In ‘The Desolation of Smaug’, however, the selfishness between these two characters is reversed as Thorin wants Bilbo to fetch the Arkenstone but doesn’t care that the Hobbit’s life will be at extreme risk.

We have have some new faces appearing in this movie trilogy including Evangeline Lilly as a gorgeous Elf created by Peter Jackson specifically for the movie and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman who tries to help Thorin but also disagrees with his decision. And, of course, I can’t forget Orlando Bloom returning from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy as Legolas!

And, then, there’s Smaug. How could Benedict Cumberbatch not have fun playing the biggest, baddest and most menacing dragon I’ve ever seen in any movie?! He is, without a doubt, one of the best villains in cinematic history and is so terrifyingly epic that he creates one of the most jaw-dropping endings ever.

In the end, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is insanely entertaining, awesome, dazzling, terrifying and dark and I aboslutely loved it! And to those of you who didn’t like the first installment and don’t intend on watching its sequel, just see this one for Smaug. To everyone else, though, it’s a gold mine whether you’re a huge Middle-Earth fan or not.

Yes Yes Yes YESSSSSS!!!!!!!

Love love! The Desolation of Smaug is a MUST have! I got to see the day after it came out and it was AWESOME!!!! I'm dying to see the next one now.
This Hobbit is darker then the first one but just as good. I don't know about anyone else but to me I thought the spiders in Mirkwood were scarier than Shelob...but I believe I only thought that is because they were kind of right in your face and there were a lot of them.
One part that I thought was neat was the very beginning of the movie where Thorin meets Gandalf in Bree at the Inn of the Prancing Pony. I thought that was a neat addition to the movie. Peter Jackson did very good on the movie, but he left me wondering what's going to happen next. Gandalf has been captured, Bard is in prison, Smaug is heading toward Laketown, the dwarves and Bilbo are at Erebor,and Kili.....
WARNING!! THIS NEXT SECTION MAY CONTAIN A SPOILER FOR THE NEXT MOVIE SO IF YOU WANT SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH!!!! (spoiler, maybe) I think Kili is going to die in the next movie. Because in the book he does, so does Fili and Thorin. :( But since the movie is different then the book, I'm not sure how Fili and Thorin will die (if Peter Jackson makes them) but I don't want any of them to! Thorin, Fili and Kili were my favorite dwarf characters in the book and then they die at the end. :(
As I said above this movie is darker then the first. And unfortunately for me my family won't be able to watch this one with younger kids up. (We were able to watch the first hour of the first movie with the younger kids becuase it was clean)
Now I'm sure other people will write that this movie is really off (based on the book) and I will agree with them. It is way off but the movie is SOOOO much more interesting then the book.
The actors did a wonderful job. Five stars for all of them. One thing I learned (and I thought this was super cool) is that the voice of Smaug and the Necrumancer is the guy who plays Sherlock in the new "Sherlock" season with Martin Freeman (aka Bilbo) who plays Doc. Watson. So I thought that was really neat and thought I should share that (if you hadn't already known). The girl elf (I can't remember her name...the one Kili likes :) ) is a good addition as well. While Legolas was never mentioned in the book he fitted right in becasue Mirkwood is his home so it makes sense why he was added (besides the fact that people like him).
For me, this movie deserves a million stars! A must watch AND own movie! I LOOOOOVVVVVVE IT!!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wonderful Trilogy!!!

Absolutely the best movies ever.