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The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug Review

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand’s Verdict ( CNN IBNlive)

The Desolation of Smaug has a pace and a cohesiveness that the previous film, An Unexpected Journey, lacked. Jackson spends more time fleshing out his characters here, and gives us some welcome moments of humor too. But this is, for the most part a solid action picture, and the set-pieces don’t disappoint. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. By the time the film ends, in a rather abrupt climax, you’ve forgiven its faults, and you’ll be eager to see how it all ends. Until next year then…

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Aupama Chopra Site:Star World ( The Front Row)

There are scenes here of great power and beauty but they are buried under so much plot, exposition and explanation of the very complex mythology of Middle Earth that after a while, my eyes glazed over.The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isn’t essential viewing. But you won’t be entirely disappointed either. Just come armed with patience and a full stomach. I’m going with three stars.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site:Times Of India (TOI)

While the previous instalment of this trilogy was a little slow and low on action, Jackson has now ensured that you’ll be transported to another land filled with magic, wonder, danger, mystery and more. The film is supremely accessible and enjoyable, even if you who haven’t read Tolkien. And surprisingly enough, to keep things from getting heavy, there are more than a few laugh-aloud moments courtesy the Dwarves. This one’s a packed-to-the-gills entertainer from start to finish. Note: You may not like this film if you don’t like action fantasy.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

An Unexpected Journey” was a good film too but The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a more mature one, with lots more action and adventure. It is definitely way more superior than the first one!If An Unexpected Journey takes time to settle in and unload, Desolation of Smaug gallops off at once.Evil was never this seductive. Nor second parts of what may produce a formidable finale after yet another 12 agonizing months of wait.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff

The Hobbit 2 could be the best film you’ve seen this year — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Gravity and The Lunchbox included.It is interesting to note that unlike most films that serve as a second installment of a trilogy, The Hobbit 2 does not leave loose ends behind despite being an unfinished bridge from the first film towards the unknown. If you thought Ram-Leela was a visual treat, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Andre Borges Site:DNA

Although the running time is a little on the long side (161 minutes), the film entertains throughout. But the most alluring part and definitely the best scenes in the movie are those with Smaug, the dragon. The dark tone and the taunting nature of Smaug’s dialogue cements the film as one of the better ones this year. As with the first film, The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug ends with a cliffhanger, but after watching a film like this, who wouldn’t want to come back for more?

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site:Mid Day

The Desolation of Smaug is much better and more exciting than the first Hobbit film. The bad news – it still is a lacklustre and hollow movie compared to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy.Best of all, the dragon Smaug is absolutely terrific; a landmark in computer graphics and Benedict Cumberbatch’s sneering booming voice gives you the goosebumps. The film is repetitive and an hour too long.The final scene is a tad infuriating because just when there’s an epic buildup and you expect an epic showdown with Smaug, the screen cuts to black, telling you to come back next year

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today

Smaug is different: a really good movie, superior to the first in that it brings its characters to rambunctious life, to joust not just with Orcs but with a bear-man, a clutter of giant spiders and the grim dragon that gives the movie its title. Smaug, though, is primarily an action picture — often splendid action. In all, The Desolation of Smaug is a thrilling achievement, nearly matching the grandeur of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. Having been there, I would promptly and happily have gone back again.

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Ratings:– Review By: Manhola Dargis Site:NDTV ( New York Times)

With The Desolation of Smaug, he has taken roughly five chapters from the middle of Tolkien’s book and turned them into a relentless adventure tale, teaming with rowdy action, slavering enemies and Elven gymnastics.The good Jackson dukes it out with the bad throughout The Desolation of Smaug. There are, once again, too many busy, uninterestingly staged battles that lean heavily on obvious, sometimes distracting digital sorcery. But there are also pacific, brooding interludes in which the actors – notably Freeman, an intensely appealing screen presence – remind you that there’s more to Middle-earth than clamor and struggle.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Shalini Langer Site:Indian Express

Jackson builds up quite a spectacle as he conjures up different lands, particularly the Lake People. However, as was the case with The Unexpected Journey, his eye appears to have moved from the characters to the circumstances they find themselves in, and you often long to care for some of them.

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