Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


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It been a year since the first part of the trilogy of The Hobbit movies and now it’s time to continue the journey.

Now I really enjoyed the first film, but did find the pace quite slow, but the second part is a faster pace and is much more enjoyable.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Synopsis

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all — a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself — the Dragon Smaug.”
—Warner Bros

With the cast returning and joined by Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug, The Hobbit is a joy to watch with its luscious landscapes and the nice use of depth with the 3D.


I have to say that Smaug is one of the best dragons I’ve seen in a film in years and the joy of watching the mighty beast is added to with Cumberbatch delivering a superb vocal performance.

Add another wonderful soundtrack by James Horner and the superb eye for detail from director Peter Jackson, we taken on a journey that has you on the edge of your seat throughout the film.

With its rolling New Zealand landscapes that we have got used to in Jackson’s take on the Tolkien saga, he has yet again brought the wonderful world of Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, Wizards and Orcs to life in pure grandeur.

Tauriel (The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug)

As I mentioned earlier the film runs a more of a pace than the first film, which adds to the excitement and enjoyment of the film, although bringing in a new character, Tauriel a female Sylvan elf from Mirkwood, was a bit of a no no for me, like including characters that weren’t on the book until The Lord Of The Rings.

But I suppose film makers have poetic license on these things and it doesn’t real spoil the film in a whole. I also loved Stephen Fry in his role, nicely done and also I loved the Peter Jackson cameo, one of those blink and you miss moments.

Running at 2 hours and 41 minutes, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is fun, it great to have the Tolkien universe back with us for several Christmases and with giving us one heck of a cliff hanger at the end, we now have to wait 12 months for the last chapter.

One last thing to say is, remember the end of The Hobbit with a teaser? Well there isn’t a teaser on this one, the credits are really long, so don’t sit through them expecting anything, you won’t get a thing, this isn’t a Marvel movie ;-)

Karen Woodham
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Karen Woodham

Karen Woodham

Editor-in-Chief at Blazing Minds
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds blog an avid blogger/journalist of all sorts of interesting and odd things. She is also a Cinema Film Reviewer, based in Rhyl, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles in The Daily Post Newspaper as well as other publications.
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2 Responses to Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  1. Stacie Walker

    Hi Karen,

    Wow! I’m surprised that I’m the first Hobbit nerd to comment on your post. Thanks for not spoiling the movie by providing too much detail:) I don’t go to the movie theater much these days due to the lack of awesome films to spend a $100 on (the kids love to spend my money).

    This sounds like a movie well worth the trip. What?! No teaser for There and Back Again? That’s a shame. Oh well, we will just have to wait until next year.

    Stacie Walker
    Woman in Leadership Founder

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