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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

The second part in Peter Jackson`s trilogy sees will revolve on the dragon Smaug who guards the treasure in Erebor that Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf companions are in search of. After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfil his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 12 Dec 2013
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy
Running Time: 2 Hours 41 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom
Director: Peter Jackson
Format: 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, HFR 3D, IMAX HFR 3D , 2D ATMOS, 3D ATMOS

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Review
Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Watch this if you liked: "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" franchise.

Though it has been said a million times before, there is indeed a risk in breaking a 310-page children's book into a trilogy more suitable for adult audiences. It means more scenes must be added, more characters would be introduced, and more unnecessary subplots are thrown in the mix.

By no means is this writer saying that "The Desolation of Smaug" is a bad movie. Peter Jackson still succeeds in making wonderful fantasy adventure filled with scenic views and colourful characters. "The Hobbit" is still an excellent movie to watch (especially in IMAX 3D) and Bilbo Baggins is still the more entertaining Hobbit than his younger relative, Frodo (thanks to Martin Freeman who brought life into the mousy little character).

The action scenes are far better than its predecessor, especially during the dwarves journey into the ill-looking Mirkwood forests and their encounter with several obstacles, old foes, as well as a familiar face from the trilogy (*cue screaming fangirls*). It also finally introduces the dragon that has been on everybody's lips since the first movie, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (*cue more screaming fangirls*), as well as another familiar character in another subplot involving Gandalf and the Orcs.

Should the movie end on a more satisfying note, this reviewer would have rated it higher. But an unnecessary subplot involving a love triangle, the introduction of too many characters that may have seemed more comprehensible if the story was not broken into three movies of epic proportions, and the emphasis on Legolas' presence for marketing reasons have made the experience felt a bit inauthentic.

In short, watch this if you have watched the first movie, or if you're a Tolkien/Jackson fan through and through.


Cinema Online, 10 December 2013
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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