The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Release Date: December 13 2013 (North America)
Runtime: 2 hours 41 minutes
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch

Watched: December 19 2013 (Ultra AVX 3D)

Rating: 8.5/10

The journey continues for Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarfs onward to the lonely mountain. The second instalment of Peter Jackson’s vision of The Hobbit brings with it action and comical touches that bring just enough light to have the audience engaged rather than just mindlessly watching Orcs get their heads decapitated. The pacing in the second film of the trilogy has found it’s stride, there were scenery shots to establish location but unlike the first film it did not over lavish the landscapes to the point of them being self-indulgent. Each scene was clear and had purpose to set the plot forward, rather than holding or stalling the progression of the film.
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