Movie Pit: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

16 Dec 2013 by Brandon Pero, No Comments »

Hey everyone! Welcome to Movie Pit. Movie Pit is a weekly movie review on TDN. All ratings for Movie Pit are based on the website Rotten Tomatoes, the free movie review website which judges if something is a ripe tomato (Above 60%) or a rotten tomato (Under 60%).

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.(c) WB

I personally can’t wait to see this movie!! I saw the first one with a friend and this one, I believe, is going to be even better!!! This movie received a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes. A true ripe tomato and many critics agree with me. However, there are a fair share of critics who believed this could have been better.

One critic who agreed with me was Richard Roeper on who said it was “A wickedly entertaining, sometimes thrilling adventure.” Andrew L. Urban from Urban Cinefile said, “The attention to detail is extraordinary, and the filmmaking techniques are all excellent…” “Very similar to LOTR (Lord of the Rings) with lots of walking montages and an identical central conflict–the corrupting temptation of the ring and a call to courage for a hobbit. Far from the journey then, it’s individual moments that elicit the greatest pleasure,” was said by’s Eric Melin. Lastly, a really impressed Tyler Hanley who wrote a review for Palo Alto Weekly said, “Smaug ignites the excitement missing from Jackson’s sluggish first Hobbit flick, and the stunning visuals — cinematography, costuming, set design, effects — set it apart as one of the most impressive fantasy films ever made.”

A few critics weren’t happy with the film. Anthony O’Connor from FILMINK (Australia) said, “There’s lots of action, but little consequence. There are lots of characters, but not much heart. There are fewer physical threats and more computer-generated creatures. It’s excess without reason and can often feel oddly unengaging. Another one was by Simon Miraudo in his review on Quickflix who claimed that “We’re now 343 minutes deep into the saga of The Hobbit, and I’m still having trouble keeping the names of Bilbo Baggins’ thirteen (thirteen!) dwarvish companions straight in my head.”

From the reviews collected, I can say that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug deserves to be a ripe tomato. Can’t wait to see this movie!!!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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