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After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?Written by
During the elvish interrogation of the orc, the orc refers to his master (Azog) who "serves The One." But in Tolkein's world, The One is the Creator of all that exists: Over-heaven, Middle-Earth and the Underworld, i.e. God. The orcs only ever refer to Sauron as Him or Himself, and would never, under any circumstances, refer to The One or confuse that entity with Sauron. See more »
[Bilbo stabs a spider, who screams of it stinging]
Sting... That's a good name!
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The shot showing that the Dwarves have lost the path in Mirkwood is present in the theatrical version but is not included in the Extended Edition. See more »
Just a heads up: I loved the LOTR Trilogy, and I had/have some insane high hopes about The Hobbit Trilogy. And I really enjoyed the first film. I admit I was first a bit confused after viewing the first one, but after a second viewing (plus having watched all the behind the scenes material) I was convinced.
Now... The Desolation of Smaug is a heck of a ride.
I was worried when I read reviews that talked about a "fast paced" film, and it being a good thing. But now I know what they meant.
You get introduced to so many new places and people. And you'd think that would be bad since it's already hard to keep track of the dwarfs. But the pace of the film keeps the viewer interested at all times.
When the new characters come in, we're given just enough time with them to fall in love with the characters. Thranduil, Tauriel, Bard, Beorn... They shine on screen, but again not more than they have to. We get much time with Bilbo and his journey, and of course with the dwarfs.
It's just intensely exciting, with great drama, great acting, thrilling action... I seriously lack words...
And the ending... You want more...
Now I never thought I'd say this... But this film is better than Return of the King... I NEVER thought those words would leave my mouth...
Easiest 10 I've ever given...
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