The Big Ticket: The Hobbit, General Release
Sunday 15 December 2013
What is it? The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s story The Hobbit. Stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Ian McKellen.
The Independent says: “As we all know [The Hobbit] was configured as a trilogy primarily for financial reasons, in an attempt to justify the half-billion dollars that it has been estimated to have cost, and with the intention of tripling box-office takings. Unfortunately, there just aren’t any economies of scale that apply to storytelling. Longer isn’t more interesting; bloated isn’t better; and 161-minute films that end on an unresolved cliff-hanger do not generally make for a satisfying night out at the cinema. With that said, part two of the trilogy is where a lot of the action is to be found.”
They say: Variety: “If An Unexpected Journey felt like nearly three hours’ worth of throat clearing and beard stroking, the saga gets fully under way at last in [the] similarly massive but far more purposeful second chapter.”
Evening Standard: “There’s still too much padding. Gandalf’s mission is a snooze and, worst of all, the big lizard, wily and poignant in the book, has morphed into a windbag. Nevertheless, Desolation – especially in its middle section – is a joy. Honestly, I couldn’t stop grinning. The Hobbit franchise may be fuelled by avarice but, this time around, the bangs delivered by Jackson truly deserve our bucks.”
Den of Geek: “In essence, The Desolation of Smaug is a two-and-a-half-hour chase … the renewed sense of pace and vitality makes Tolkien’s world seem all the more vibrant, and some sublimely staged action set-pieces are punctuated by moments of engaging visual poetry.”
You say: @sweatymary: “The Desolation of Smaug was more like The Desolation of Everything”
@IamDodongLee: “Worth every penny!! Especially if you love LOTR and Legolas! Extreme cliffhanger though.”
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If I were Prime Minister: I'd give tax cuts to the rich, keep Trident, and get my football team wrong
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
Eurovision 2015: What date is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Game of Thrones, season 5 episode 4, review: Sansa in danger of becoming another footnote in Westeros' bloody history
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
The highly NSFW poster for Gaspar Noé's Love makes Nymphomaniac look like 50 Shades
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show