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Film REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) - ★★★★

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

Director: Peter Jackson

Writer: Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro

Based on: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Themes: Middle Earth, Sequel, Epic

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

The sequel to 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, it is the second instalment in The Hobbit trilogy, acting as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The film received mostly positive reviews.


Euan (Age 12) - ★★★★

"The films as usual are different but good. In my opinion, watch the films first."

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  1. Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows: Part 2 (2011) - #20 - ★★★★★

  2. Avengers: Endgame (2019) - #60 - ★★★★★

  3. Shrek (2001) - #142 - ★★★★

  4. Sherlock (2010 TV) - #30 - ★★★

  5. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) - #647 - ★★★

Another massive fantasy franchise is the Harry Potter films including their own dragon in the final film - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Some of the stars of the movie appear in the Marvel movies, all of whom appear in Avengers: Endgame. For more J.R.R. Tolkien adventures check out the other Hobbit films (An Unexpected Journey and The Battle of the Five Armies) and The Lord of the Rings trilogy from Peter Jackson. There's another dragon in family friendly adventure Shrek. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch teamed up previously in Sherlock. For more sci-fi centred sequels to prequels check out the Star Wars trilogy.

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