The Cast Of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Tease THERE AND BACK AGAIN

Director Peter Jackson and stars Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman all discuss how The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leads into 2014's epic finale, The Hobbit: There and Back Again in this series of video interviews. Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/14/2013







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 McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.


STARRING:

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
Ken Stott as Balin
Aidan Turner as Kíli
Dean O'Gorman as Fíli
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Jed Brophy as Nori
Adam Brown as Ori
John Callen as Óin
Peter Hambleton as Glóin
William Kircher as Bifur
James Nesbitt as Bofur
Stephen Hunter as Bombur
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Orlando Bloom as Legolas
Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug

RELEASE DATE: December 13th, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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MattBracken - 12/14/2013, 12:59 PM
Armitage would have been a great Batman
MrCBM56 - 12/14/2013, 1:03 PM
Desolation of smaug was [frick]ing fantastic. I did not want the movie to end.

Surprisingly, Bombur was a great highlight of the movie. A lot of the scenes he had was funny and kicked ass. Barrel scene anyone?

Tauriel was awesome and dare I say, might be better than Legolas.

5/5 for me. Seeing it again soon.

Can't wait for Hobbit 3 next year!!
Nick56 - 12/14/2013, 1:12 PM
I enjoyed the film but was also a little let down by it. It felt kinda of choppy with the back and forth between the different characters, while Tauriel was a badass her whole subplot was so forced, the cgi felt really sub-par, and the film lacked that sense of adventure that the first film had. But loved the Dol Guldur/Smaug stuff
StarkRaving - 12/14/2013, 1:26 PM
Conversely, I thought the CGI was superior (and more realistic) and there was more of a sense of adventure than the first Hobbit film.

I would have liked the scenes in Beorn's home were longer (I liked that part of the book) while the scenes with Bard were shorter. Although Smaug was great, I thought the scenes of involving the Dwarves and Smaug were unnecessary and tedious. I would have kept it to just Smaug and Bilbo, and end the film with Smaug being killed after virtually destroying Laketown, so that this film had some sense of closure before ending.
JoJo1982 - 12/14/2013, 1:33 PM
"Lacked that sense of adventure"


What movie did you see!?!
Hobbit DOS, is probably the most entertaining movie of the year!!!

It definitely had more scenes of adventure then the 1st one
BigBoy123 - 12/14/2013, 1:58 PM
FOTR > TT > ROTK > AUJ > DOS

I see a trend. But I somehow still have high hopes for the next installment, specifically, in regards to the Battle of the Five Armies (like everyone else).

@MrCBM56 - I second the barrel sequence in DOS.
quigonjim007 - 12/14/2013, 2:13 PM
I enjoyed the film and I do not mind that they added things into the film but some things just felt forced such as the dwarves fighting back against Smaug and Legolas in Laketown. Interested to see where they take Gandalf' side plot. I did enjoy the expanded Bard plot though. 3.5/5
Nick56 - 12/14/2013, 2:14 PM
@JoJo Ill likely have to watch it again but this one felt off, like they were just jumping from one set-piece/action sequence to the next in place of that adventure/journey aspect. I still enjoyed the movie though.

@StarkRaving I saw the movie in 3D and I felt some of the shots looked very animated and cartoonish. Maybe I just felt the narrative flow and structure of the first one was a lot better.
TheRedSkull - 12/14/2013, 2:58 PM
I'm sorry but in my opinion, Smaug was the only good thing about the movie (Both CGI and character wise), and I say this with great hate for Cumberbatch. Also (SPOILER) but the whole pouring gold sequence looked like a Windows 98 Screensaver. Dreadful effects for that part.
r4dagast - 12/14/2013, 3:24 PM
I loved the movie, much better than the first film which i liked. I have read the hobbit numerous times and I am ok with the changes and additions because I look at these films, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy as a different story or "alternate universe" in comic book terms. So excited for the third film.

My Scores for each film:
FOTR 9/10
TTT 9.5/10
ROTK 8.5/10

AUJ 7.5/10
DOS 9/10
TABA hopefully a 10 :)
JoJo1982 - 12/14/2013, 3:50 PM
i really enjoyed Legalos in Laketown
we saw a good one on one fight(with some cheating from the orcs) between Legalos vs Bolg

@nick

yeah its worth checking out again buddy
surprised that the movie is under 3 hrs long
Nomis1800 - 12/14/2013, 3:53 PM
Richard Armitage would've rocked it as Batman!!!

Very pleased by DOS, loved it! The cast giving top performances, film was really really really ridiculously good looking. SMAUG is THE Highlight!!!!! Best movie dragon EVER and best villain of 2013!
ALF9001 - 12/14/2013, 4:06 PM
ROTK in third place!!!?? WTF???
Here's my list

FOTR 8.5/10
TT 9/10
ROTK 10/10
AUJ 9/10
Havent seen DOS yet :/
Nick56 - 12/14/2013, 4:13 PM
my rating would be something like this...
FOTR: 8/10
TT: 8.5/10
ROTK: 9/10
AUJ: 8.5/10
DOS: 8/10
Facade - 12/14/2013, 4:24 PM
If we're talking extended editions, my rating would be as follows:
FOTR: 8.5
TT: 9
ROTK: 7.5
AUJ: 7.5
DOS: 8
PurpleHelmetWarrior - 12/14/2013, 5:22 PM
Loved DOS...can't wait to end the trilogy next year, hope they play a marathon of all 6 films, now that would be a good butt numbing experience...
LittleDanglyThing - 12/14/2013, 6:58 PM
This movie suffered from pacing issues. It was long and it FELT like it. It was enjoyable on some scenes but a lot of it was predictable(I've never even read the books) and unnecessary. I can def see why fans of the books would love it though, that's a shit load of content! You Tolkien fans are lucky I wish I got that with the franchises I loved.
Kyos - 12/14/2013, 8:37 PM
@LittleDanglyThing

It's funny that you speak of "books", because it really is just the one. And as a fan of Tolkien and The Hobbit I can already say -without haveing watched DoS- that I would have prefered to get less content with the Hobbit movies, because quite a lot of the "shit load of content" we get seems to consist of scenes being rewritten to serve as action set pieces.

Maybe I would be less bitter if they hadn't treated one of my favourite characters the way they did... :(
Super12 - 12/14/2013, 8:59 PM
I consider myself quite the Tolkien afficianado, and while this movie was visually stunning and had tons of amazing action, this is the first time I've ever left a Middle-earth movie feeling disappointed. There were too many things from the book left out for things not in the book, and unnecessarily at that. I may have to write a review to get all my thoughts out, but I was a little let down.

But make no mistake, Smaug was incredible!!!
MightyZeus - 12/14/2013, 9:08 PM
I'm looking forward to the third film. I'm sure the battle will be spectacular and i'm just wondering as to how Peter Jackson will pull it off.
ISleepNow - 12/14/2013, 9:10 PM
@StarkRaving I would have to disagree about the Dwarf/Smaug battle. Having them go in with an actual plan to destroy Smaug lets them off the hook a bit for what is going to happen to Laketown. They honestly had a plan that shoulda worked but didn't. Now they don't quite seem quite like the greedy, callous bastards they would otherwise have seemed.
MightyZeus - 12/14/2013, 9:12 PM
I would place each film from best to good because every Lord of the Rings film has not been terrible or bad:
1. ROTK
2. FOTR
3. TT
4. DOS
5. AUJ
ISleepNow - 12/14/2013, 9:16 PM
@PurpleHelmetWarrior Someday, this will become a right of passage in geekdom repeated in suburb after suburb throughout the land..
KidGoku - 12/14/2013, 9:41 PM
Is it weird that I wish it was longer? I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

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