Though generally well-received, many reviews for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey criticized the fantasy adventure for being a bit of a slog, with twenty minutes of its 170-minute running time dedicated just to Bilbo and the dwarves eating dinner. However, with the journey already underfoot and the Lonely Mountain on the horizon, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug definitely looks like it could be a much stronger and more exciting entry in Peter Jackson’s new Middle-earth trilogy.
One of the big draws for the sequel, as evidenced by the title, is the introduction of Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) himself, who has so far only been glimpsed in brief bits and pieces during the original attack on Erebor and in extreme close-up at the end of An Unexpected Journey. However, with the release of The Desolation of Smaug less than ...
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