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

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Remember all the things that made you love The Lord Of The Rings? Remember the excitement of when you found out Peter Jackson would direct The Hobbit? How could it possibly go wrong?

And yet they’ve managed it.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, like it’s predecessor lives only in a dark shadow of The Lord Of The Rings. Bilbo is now a minor character for this chapter which is a disappointment considering he was the best part of the first installment. Sequences are pointlessly extended to make for a dull film, overuse of CGI attempts to rescue it but results in messy set pieces that aid in the disappointment.

There is a two hour film here somewhere, there is also a 45 minute film here as The Hobbit trilogy could have easily been made in a single film.

The Lord Of The Rings is now a distant memory.

Stephen Key

(Society member)