The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Peter Jackson, 2013)


Lucía and Jun-Dai at the Odeon West End at 20:00 on 14 December 2013.

It’s hard not to enjoy a film with such great beards and with Ian McKellan as an old grey wizard. Probably the main thing that The Hobbit has going for it as a film series that The Lord of the Rings didn’t have is Martin Freeman, who is much more convincing and engaging as a hobbit. Stephen Fry has a wonderful bit part as the mayor of the lakeside town.

Jackson’s films do a good job of capturing the sense of awe that the books evoke. While the sense of history seems less rich in the films, the attention to detail in the set design and the films’ sense of space do a decent job making up for it. This film has fewer fun parts (e.g., the trolls), but also fewer stupid parts (escape from the Goblin’s mountain home).

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