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KA The Hobbit Desolation Of Smaug Rating 4 out of 5


  • Peter Jackson


  • Martin Freeman
  • Ian McKellen
  • Richard Armitage
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Hugo Weaving
  • Billy Connolly
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Christopher Lee


In the second marathon leg of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of The Hobbit the dwarves, led by Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), enter territory darker and more dangerous than the first by-the-Tolkien outing. With ever-more powerful Orcs hot on their little heels, they have to run the gauntlet of giant spiders, hallucinogenic woodland, capture by the Wood-elves and a white-knuckle white water barrel ride. Getting firmly into its stride, this looks more like a worthy prequel to The Lord of the Rings and boasts a worthy ally in elf warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). And, of course, there's Smaug.

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