POLL: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG - What Did You Think?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was finally released on Friday and so far seems almost as divisive as last year's first instalment in the trilogy. So, what did CBM's vocal community make of the sequel, and did you choose to see it in HFR 3D or regular 2D? Here's your chance to tell us!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/15/2013

I loved The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (as you can see from my review of the movie by clicking here). Just like the first instalment, the sequel is very different to The Lord of the Rings, and for good reason; they are after all based on two very different books and take place at quite different eras in Middle-Earth. Regardless, it's been clear from the comment sections here on CBM that you all have some very passionate feeling about Peter Jackson's middle part of his trilogy, so here's your chance to let us know how you all rated The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug! As usual, be sure to sound off with your thoughts below after casting your votes.









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.
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ALegendaryPanda - 12/15/2013, 7:47 AM
"I am fire, I am.....Death."

batcheeks8 - 12/15/2013, 7:48 AM
Man I wish I could see it in 2D. But that's become nearly impossible in my country. :(
DEVLIN712 - 12/15/2013, 7:50 AM
This film had the best 3rd Act of the year
DEVLIN712 - 12/15/2013, 7:54 AM
This just shows how bad MoS really was. It was the most disappointing film of the year.
Too bad DC are panicking and turning MoS into a cluster[frick]
batcheeks8 - 12/15/2013, 8:00 AM
^ You're welcome to dislike it, but why would you compare MOS to the middle act in a trilogy?
JoJo1982 - 12/15/2013, 8:00 AM
@devlin

Smh damn troll doll lol
JoJo1982 - 12/15/2013, 8:01 AM
Anyways back to the MOVIE


Great movie probably the best movie I saw this year, I'm surprises how much I enjoyed the movie
DEVLIN712 - 12/15/2013, 8:05 AM
Not trolling, I was so excited for MoS, I was comparing it in how I was extremely excited for this and was glad it lived up to my expectations
ALegendaryPanda - 12/15/2013, 8:06 AM
This movie had some of the best action scenes of the year!

Barrel Scene

Gandalf vs Sauron

Laketown attack/Legolas vs Bolg

The entire Smaug scene

JoJo1982 - 12/15/2013, 8:08 AM
@devlin

Bub your trolling! you talking about something that has nothing to do with this article
Other than to start mess


You ain't gotta lie

batcheeks8 - 12/15/2013, 8:09 AM
Some of the CGI looked video game-ish (dwarves and elves flying around ignoring physics) but Smaug is right up there with Superman's cape as some of the finest CGI I've ever seen.
JoJo1982 - 12/15/2013, 8:11 AM
@legendary

Yessir, those action scenes are well worth the price of admission


I'm not a fan of 3D but I end up seeing this in 3D and was surprised how good it was
JoJo1982 - 12/15/2013, 8:12 AM
I think good word of mouth is really going to help this movie
MrCBM56 - 12/15/2013, 8:12 AM
Loved it. Best movie of 2013.
JoeMomma29 - 12/15/2013, 8:19 AM
@ Devlin

LOL! Wow that is just a thin excuse to bring up MOS! But I am sure there are many people on this site that felt the same way about TASM!
DelTorite - 12/15/2013, 8:21 AM
Smaug, the greatest dragon in the cinematic history.
DEVLIN712 - 12/15/2013, 8:22 AM
Joe and JoJo
Why does no one believe me?

MagicStingRay - 12/15/2013, 8:24 AM
I absolutely loved the film, but let's all take a moment to say just how surprisingly GOOD the 3D was.

I never liked 3D, it never improved the experience for me. However, this film frankly had me jumping out of my seat from something as simple as a bumblebee buzzing by or an arrow flying towards you.

Nice job Jackson, oh and BC as Smaug and the work done for his CGI was just mindblowing.
FordEl - 12/15/2013, 8:28 AM
I saw it in HFR 3D and it looked great. The movie was good despite minor things like conveniences, that overdone barrel scene, and a slightly choppy 3rd act. But it left me wanting more in the end. Didnt feel like its running time so thats good.
Ramiel - 12/15/2013, 8:32 AM
Good movie. Smaug looked fantastic. Legolas and Tauriel were beast. The barrels scene was awesome! The cameos by Jackson, Colbert, and especially Gimli were great. The CGI, on the other hand, was a letdown.
JoJo1982 - 12/15/2013, 8:36 AM
The barrel scene should go down as the best action sequence of this year


I wasn't expecting it to be that damn good
charlie2094 - 12/15/2013, 8:36 AM
Was great! Smaug was fantastic...doesn't quite top MOS or Catching Fire as my favourite "blockbusters" of the year, but definitely an improvement over the first and a great film, can't wait for the third one
MrCBM56 - 12/15/2013, 8:45 AM
Oh yeah I forgot about Gimili! Great Easter egg! The way Legolas smirked too! Little did he know that'd be a brother to him 50 years later. Haha

And PJ cameo eating the Carrot... Again! Awesome.

Bomber was my favorite character. He had done of the best scenes IMO.
MrCBM56 - 12/15/2013, 8:46 AM
I don't know how, but Hunger Games 2 and Hobbit 2 were my favorite movies this year.
MrCBM56 - 12/15/2013, 8:58 AM
I keep forgetting about the Gandalf vs Sauron fight. That was great.

In a way, this movie had multiple cliffhangers.

Legolas chasing after Bolg.

Gandalf trapped.

Bard arrested.

Smaug making his way to Laketown.
Lobo89 - 12/15/2013, 8:58 AM
Good movie, way better than the first one.
Kyos - 12/15/2013, 9:01 AM
Too many changes/additions. Too many scenes changed into action scenes. Too much CGI.
Arrowhead77 - 12/15/2013, 9:04 AM
Great movie. #2 movie of the year for me!
MrCBM56 - 12/15/2013, 9:06 AM
Kyos

1. It's not about following the book anymore. It's about fitting these movies into Jackson own continuity, whole using the book as a major influence.

2. Honestly, if it wasn't action it would be a bore fest.

3. Really?
thewolfx - 12/15/2013, 9:19 AM
It was awesome .. anymovie that has a golden dragon is a winner n my book


N devlin ... shutup -_-
ForeverPowerful - 12/15/2013, 9:24 AM
Why can't people talk about and review movies on their own merits without comparing them to other movies?
DrDoom - 12/15/2013, 9:28 AM
One of the best movies I've seen in a long time, and it only continues to cement Lord of the Rings as the definitive fantasy franchise. I could only wish that Star Wars received prequels as good as this.
Barker1952 - 12/15/2013, 9:37 AM
Was it a comedy like part 1?
Rheynger - 12/15/2013, 10:13 AM
Going today to see it.
@devlin- man of steel....(FANTASTIC)!

Too many people complain about man of steel not being like the source material, everybody was pooping on the hobbit for being so far from the book, but you and others praise it.
So your opinion on man of steel.....definitely does not matter, as mine.
But I did love man of steel
AsianVersionOfET - 12/15/2013, 10:36 AM
Thought it was pretty meh. Only went to see the Interstellar trailer in theaters.
gandalf550 - 12/15/2013, 10:49 AM
@Devlin712 Buddy, MoS was still pretty awesome (and not at all a disappointment. But in agreement with most others here, the two movies are completely unrelated.

My opinion of DoS is that it was an awesome movie! My two major issues with it are how easily it appeared to be for orcs to infiltrate any area that the company passed through (the Woodland realm, Lake Town, etc.). I mean, were there no guards on hand to send out a warning signal or anything?!

My other quip with it was the barrel scene. At times I thought the way the dwarfs managed to dodge numerous arrows and perform those stunts while in the barrels was a bit ridiculous. It was fun, yes, but even for a fantastical adventure movie (a movie, I know) I had trouble swallowing it.

That said, loved the scenes with Beor and Smaug above all else (though I wish they could have gone with the traditional six-limbed dragon versus a wyvern version) and will definitely see this again in theaters!!!
ISleepNow - 12/15/2013, 10:59 AM
Very good flick, definitely worth seeing in 3D and HFR. I was actually a little disappointed in Smaug, he seemed a bit CGI-ish to me. The most obvious though were the longer shots of the orcs riding the wargs. Otherwise the CG was fine. My only other main complaint was on lack of subtlety on Jackson's part in certain scenes. He doesn't have to show us Sauron repeatedly, just once would've been fine. Showing us only his angelic form would be even better..
relentless1 - 12/15/2013, 11:46 AM
i really believe that this story could have been done in two films
NiteSoul69 - 12/15/2013, 12:43 PM
Hobbit 2 was such a great movie, better then the first I think, the dragon was simply beautifully done, had some awesome fight scenes, the barrel scene was exciting, cant think of any complaints, seen it twice already



Mike89 - 12/15/2013, 12:45 PM
AMAZING! CBM or not. Best movie of the year!
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