The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review (Spoiler-Free)

Release Date: December 11, 2013

Running Time:  2 hours 41 minutes

Where: SM MOA and other theaters

The Desolation of Smaug is the second film in The Hobbit Series. It follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as they travel towards the Lonely Mountain. Their journey takes them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth and Dale where they encounter various mishaps in search of the Arkenstone.

Now on to the good stuff!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review

Scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hold on to the Edge of Your Seats

As expected of a well done movie adaption of a Tolkien classic, the storyline does not disappoint. Since the book was split into three movies, The Desolation of Smaug was not overburdened with world building since concepts and plot points can be introduced at a more leisurely pace. In effect, more attention was given to fleshing out action scenes without detracting from the storyline. The desolation of Smaug hits you with fast-paced skirmishes, chase scenes and battles one after another, giving you only a few moments to catch your breath after each scene.

Killer Graphics

The entire movie was shot in High Frame Rate 3D Graphics (HFR 3D). HFR what? This means that The Desolation of Smaug was shot at 48 frames per second instead of the usual 24 fps. How is this important? Simple, this means you get to watch the entire movie, to quote my friend, “like you’re watching it from a real life window.” This is one of those films that you have to watch in IMAX 3D to get the full effect. Those extra 24 frames make a huge difference in making the movie look more realistic. Fight scenes and creature encounters looked more stunning, as did the landscapes. It’s a great-looking movie overall.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review

Scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit Newbies Are Welcome

Now, if you haven’t watched the first movie in the series (I didn’t watch the first one either *gasp-shock-horror*), don’t be intimidated by this one. It’s well-paced and the plot is easy to follow so you won’t get lost in the who’s-its and what’s-its like in the other LOTR films. You can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Remember, don’t be stingy and watch the film in IMAX 3D. It’s well worth the money.


Rating: 4 out of 5 Popcorns

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