Sound Off: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
December 13, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Beyond darkness… beyond desolation… In theaters now is the second movie in Peter Jackson's trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This time we continue the journey of Bilbo and the dwarfs as they make their way to Erebor and encounter the dragon Smaug within. Martin Freeman is Bilbo, Ian McKellen is Gandalf, Richard Armitage is Thorin, Luke Evans is Bard, Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas, and Evangeline Lilly plays Tauriel. Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Desolation of Smaug.
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To fuel the dragon fire, I certainly enjoyed The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug quite a damn bit. It has some incredible action set pieces and some heartfelt moments and I always enjoy spending more time in Middle Earth. However, it's still the middle movie, it's still the link between the beginning and the end of the story, and I still wanted to see more. Everything with Smaug was amazing to watch, and it's the perfect climactic moment to the movie, but it cuts out right when things are getting good. The other scene I loved was the barrel riding sequence, so awesome, so much fun. Jackson pulled out all the stops on that one and nailed it. I'm also fond of the relationship Tauriel is starting with a certain dwarf. Though I'm anxious to see if there's a lot more to see in the Extended Edition of this movie, as those versions still feel more complete.
So what did you think of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Is this one better, or worse? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!