The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.
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Film Cast:

  • Gandalf: Ian McKellen
  • Bilbo Baggins: Martin Freeman
  • Thorin Oakenshield: Richard Armitage
  • Smaug / Necromancer: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Legolas: Orlando Bloom
  • Tauriel: Evangeline Lilly
  • Thranduil: Lee Pace
  • Bard / Girion: Luke Evans
  • The Master of Laketown: Stephen Fry
  • Balin: Ken Stott
  • Bofur: James Nesbitt
  • Thrain (Extended Edition): Antony Sher
  • Beorn: Mikael Persbrandt
  • Radagast: Sylvester McCoy
  • Kili: Aidan Turner
  • Fili: Dean O’Gorman
  • Dwalin: Graham McTavish
  • Ori: Adam Brown
  • Gloin: Peter Hambleton
  • Oin: John Callen
  • Dori: Mark Hadlow
  • Nori: Jed Brophy
  • Bifur: William Kircher
  • Bombur: Stephen Hunter
  • Alfrid: Ryan Gage
  • Bain: John Bell
  • Azog: Manu Bennett
  • Bolg: Lawrence Makoare
  • Galadriel: Cate Blanchett
  • Sigrid: Peggy Nesbitt
  • Tilda: Mary Nesbitt
  • Narzug: Ben Mitchell
  • Fimbul: Stephen Ure
  • Galion: Craig Hall
  • Elros: Robin Kerr
  • Lethuin: Eli Kent
  • Feren: Simon London
  • Spider: Brian Sergent
  • Spider: Peter Vere-Jones
  • Braga: Mark Mitchinson
  • Soury: Kelly Kilgour
  • Hilda Blanca: Sarah Peirse
  • Percy: Nick Blake
  • Bill Ferny Snr: Dallas Barnett
  • Squint: Matt Smith
  • Betsy Butterbur: Katie Jackson
  • Butterbur Snr: Richard Whiteside
  • Net Mender: Greg Ellis
  • Old Fisherman: Ray Henwood
  • Stallkeeper: Tim Gordon
  • Fish Monger: Jabez Olssen
  • Laketown Spy: Stephen Colbert
  • Laketown Spy: Evelyn McGee-Colbert
  • Laketown Spy: Peter Colbert
  • Laketown Spy: John Colbert
  • Laketown Spy: Norman Kali
  • Laketown Spy: Carter Nixon
  • Laketown Spy: Zane Weiner
  • Orc Underling: Allan Smith
  • Laketowner (uncredited): Jack Binding
  • Laketowner (uncredited): Terry Binding
  • Dock Worker (uncredited): Frank Edwards
  • Albert Dreary (uncredited): Peter Jackson
  • Goblin (uncredited): Terry Notary
  • Dead Dwarf (uncredited): Emma Smith

Film Crew:

  • Original Music Composer: Howard Shore
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Christopher Boyes
  • Producer: Peter Jackson
  • Novel: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Producer: Fran Walsh
  • Screenplay: Philippa Boyens
  • Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie
  • Conceptual Design: Alan Lee
  • Conceptual Design: John Howe
  • Costume Design: Richard Taylor
  • Casting: Victoria Burrows
  • Casting: John Hubbard
  • Casting: Liz Mullane
  • Production Design: Dan Hennah
  • Editor: Jabez Olssen
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Brent Burge
  • Sound Designer: David Farmer
  • First Assistant Director: Carolynne Cunningham
  • Dialogue Editor: Ray Beentjes
  • Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro
  • Executive Producer: Callum Greene
  • Executive Producer: Toby Emmerich
  • Supervising Art Director: Simon Bright
  • Makeup & Hair: Peter Swords King
  • Key Makeup Artist: Rick Findlater
  • Producer: Zane Weiner
  • Conceptual Illustrator: Brendan Heffernan
  • Executive Producer: Ken Kamins
  • Art Direction: Andy McLaren
  • Property Master: Nick Weir
  • Production Sound Mixer: Tony Johnson
  • Key Set Costumer: Jenny Rushton
  • Stunt Coordinator: Tim Wong
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Tom Greene
  • Executive Producer: Alan Horn
  • Casting: Amy Hubbard
  • Casting: Miranda Rivers
  • Costume Design: Ann Maskrey
  • Executive Producer: Carolyn Blackwood
  • Dialogue Editor: Martin Kwok
  • Animation: Chad Moffitt
  • Costume Design: Bob Buck
  • ADR Supervisor: Nigel Stone
  • Conceptual Design: Eduardo Pena
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Jeff Capogreco
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Semanick
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: R. Christopher White
  • Camera Operator: Rob Marsh
  • Camera Operator: Peter McCaffrey
  • Special Effects Supervisor: Steve Ingram
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Eric Saindon
  • Sound Designer: Dave Whitehead
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Hedges
  • Set Decoration: Ra Vincent
  • CG Supervisor: Alessandro Saponi
  • CG Supervisor: Mike Perry
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Joe Letteri
  • Visual Effects Designer: Christian Rivers
  • Sound Effects Editor: Justin Webster
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Chris Ward
  • Sound Effects Editor: Hayden Collow
  • Sound Effects Editor: Melanie Graham
  • Animation Supervisor: Eric Reynolds
  • Music Editor: Nigel Scott
  • Stunt Coordinator: Paul Shapcott
  • Stunts: Sean Button
  • Conceptual Design: Paul Tobin
  • Visual Effects: Hugo Dominguez
  • VFX Artist: Matt Weaver
  • Hairstylist: Nancy Hennah
  • Hairstylist: Flora Moody
  • Makeup Artist: Michele Barber
  • Makeup Artist: Catherine Maguire
  • Art Department Coordinator: Karen Flett
  • Set Designer: Isadore William Crooks
  • Set Designer: Richard Wiles
  • ADR Editor: Neil Aldridge
  • Dialogue Editor: Matt Stutter
  • Supervising Dialogue Editor: Jason Canovas
  • Visual Effects Producer: Anna-Louise Gordon
  • Steadicam Operator: Simon Harding
  • Still Photographer: Mark Pokorny
  • Set Costumer: Sally Gray
  • Set Costumer: Charlotte Hayes
  • Music Editor: Steve Gallagher
  • Dialect Coach: Leith McPherson
  • Dialect Coach: Roisin Carty
  • CG Supervisor: Jeremy Pickett
  • Script Supervisor: Victoria Sullivan
  • Set Costumer: Daniel Cruden
  • Makeup Artist: Amy McLennan
  • Music Supervisor: Karen Elliott
  • Production Coordinator: Helene Takacs
  • Visual Effects Editor: Matt Holmes
  • Hairstylist: Richard Muller
  • Production Coordinator: Teresa Berus
  • Stunts: Vanessa Cater
  • ADR Voice Casting: Vanessa Baker
  • Stunts: Min Windle
  • Hairstylist: Jaime Leigh McIntosh
  • Script Supervisor: Veronique Lawrence
  • Supervising Music Editor: Mark Willsher
  • Armorer: Dion Boothby
  • Stunts: Mark Trotter
  • Makeup Artist: Ricci-Lee Berry
  • Hairstylist: Geogia Lockhart-Adams
  • Greensman: Matthew Handscomb
  • Set Designer: John Lott
  • Set Designer: Colette Mullin
  • Modeling: Neil Schrader
  • Foley Editor: Craig Tomlinson
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Sophie Cherry
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Siobahn Durkin
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: La-Râ Hinckeldeyn
  • Production Coordinator: Chrissy Metge
  • Animation Supervisor: David Clayton
  • Sculptor: Daniel Falconer
  • Senior Animator: Graham Binding
  • Painter: Ronan Binding
  • Layout: Carolina Jiménez
  • Costume Assistant: Natalie Crane
  • Sculptor: Steven Saunders
  • VFX Artist: Jason Astley

Movie Reviews:

  • Andres Gomez: The second part amends the fiasco of the first one.

    Spectacular and, again, with several moments of the already classic “platform-like” fights on the run from these series of movies that could be enhanced if some sense would be given to them. Still, the staging of every location and, remarkably, Smaug, is worth seeing.

  • Per Gunnar Jonsson: 7 out of 10 stars would normally be considered quite okay and I guess you could say that this movie is quite okay. However, it has a reputation to live up to. As a movie in the Tolkien universe and with LOTR and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this movie have a lot to live up to and, as far as I am concerned, it does not.

    As an action/adventure/fantasy movie it is a quite okay movie. It has a lot of action of course, a lot of adventure and a lot of special effects. Of course everything plays out with the Tolkien universe as a back-drop. I guess it is rather superfluous to mention that the movie is based on the book The Hobbit by Tolkien. However it is here the problems start.

    In my review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the first thing that I mentioned was that you should be aware of the fact that the movie did not follow the book in any great detail and that this was quite okay since the extensions were well made. Well, it should be no surprise that the first part of this statement is valid for this movie as well. Unfortunately, whereas the first movie felt like a fluid extension of the book this one feels like it is just full of fillers.

    There are a lot of cool scenes and a lot of action but it really feels like it was just put in there as fillers to showcase the special effects. Speaking of special effects, quite a few of them where rather unimpressive I have to say. The scenes where the dwarfs went down the rapids in barrels frequently looked plastic and artificial. The scenes with Smaug was not too bad even though he was quite overused but the parts around the forges was just plain ridiculous. I know it is fantasy but come one, getting them started and producing tons and tons of molten gold in a few minutes not to mention riding on molten metal without getting burned was just silly.

    On the whole I found it an enjoyable movie but I was expecting more.

  • Tom Goetz: Jackson turned a great story into just another Prates of the Caribbean. Jumping, sliding, gags, etc. All the thinking parts are gone.
  • Gimly: I’m happy to be back in this world, but _Empire_ this ain’t.

    _Final rating:★★★ – I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go._

  • r96sk: Still very good, but I found ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ to be a step below the preceding 2012 release.

    The conclusion is what affects it the most, in my opinion. It isn’t anything bad, but it goes on for too long – yet the ending itself comes out of nowhere a little. It’s iffily crafted, with the entertainment value not enough to cover it up. Again, nothing anywhere near terrible… just not as great as I wanted/expected.

    I also kinda wanted more scenes with Martin Freeman (Bilbo) across the midway point. I like the focus on Richard Armitage (Thorin) & Co. but I felt there needed to be more with the lead – and with Ian McKellen (Gandalf), for that matter.

    I’ve led with my negatives first, but I have many positives too. I enjoyed the scenes in Esgaroth with Luke Evans (Bard), all of the stuff there looks awesome. The character of Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly, is cool. Orlando Bloom (Legolas) remains fun to watch. Everything else, including the score, is very nicely done – as anticipated.

    Love the end credits song (“I See Fire”) by Ed Sheeran, by the way. Not quite as grand and great as “May It Be” from LOTR, but it’s pretty close!

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