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2,367 Ratings

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Directed by Peter Jackson
United States, New Zealand, 2013
Adventure, Fantasy


Bilbo Baggins and his band of fellow dwarves continue on their long quest to take back their homeland from a dangerous dragon, facing a number of obstacles along the way.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Directed by Peter Jackson

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2014 | 3 nominations including: Best Achievement in Sound Editing

BAFTA Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Make Up/Hair

Empire Awards

2014 | 2 wins including: Best Male Newcomer

2014 | 5 nominations including: Best Film

Cleared of its duty to start or finish the saga, the latest Hobbit begins and ends in medias res, with barely any exposition. This middle film about Middle-earth thus has more opportunity for tactile exploration: of the contrasting textures of the latex-masked orcs and computer-generated goblins, of Ian McKellen’s shaggy fake Gandalf beard and the platinum-blond hairpieces of the Mirkwood elves. It’s loaded with rococo surfaces, studied in a strangely durational fashion.
January 03, 2014
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Desolation of Smauggot surprisingly good reviews, and it does unfold more pacily than the first instalment; there are funny Spielbergian set-pieces (the escape in barrels) and the usual spectacular backdrops. But there’s really not much to say about this airless, all-but-endless saga. It’s there. It exists. Like Mount Everest, you can take it or leave it.
December 24, 2013
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Desolation of Smaug looks as dreary as the title would lead you to believe. The whole thing lingers in the memory as piles of sludge and ash. The movie’s achievement is the duration of the adventure sequences. One features a comical use of a barrel and fake-looking rapids, but the movie rarely imparts any visual wonder.
December 13, 2013
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