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REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

How is it possible that it takes 3 movies (2 of them  clocking in at  close to 3 hours) to depict one  310-page young adult novel???!!!   Oh yeah, that’s how Hollywood rakes in the Benjamins, especially since all are in 3-D. But it sure does explain why most of these films are slow-paced.  Peter Jackson had a lot of padding to do. 

Once again, we follow the travels of  brave, heart-of-gold hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he tries to help the dwarves reclaim their homeland. The whole troupe is again led by Gandalf , with Ian McKellen  giving another  rich performance.   Thankfully, There’s more going on than in the first film, thanks to the addition of Evangeline Lilly as a fierce elf who falls for the best looking  dwarf. Her character doesn’t even exist in the book. If you blink, you’ll miss elf Cate Blanchett. So Lily is a much-needed dose of estrogen in this testosterone-filled trilogy.  But really, did they have to go the love triangle route??!!! 

The dragon in the title of the movie ( exquisitely  voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) doesn’t show up til close to the end. By the way,  the movie is mis-named, given the cliff-hanger ending.

The special effects and scenery  are glorious. But like the first, this Hobbit epic is hobbled by a dragged-out story.

 2 stars

 

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