The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

It doesn’t just seem like a decade since Peter Jackson had a cinematic high note—it really has been. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was released in December 2003, and then swept the Oscars. Jackson has struggled since and last year’s Hobbit movie was, at best, a misfire. But it’s not just in comparison to that film that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug looks good. It stacks up favorably to all the Tolkien stuff and shows that Jackson still has a fire for this material. Even more surprising is that this is a bridge film, the second movie in a trilogy, and those are usually very safe and uninteresting. But Smaug is electric, well paced and a lot of fun. It’s nothing short of a trilogy-saving movie; now let’s see how Jackson can wrap this thing up.

Credits

Director:

  • Peter Jackson

Cast:

  • Ian McKellen
  • Martin Freeman
  • Richard Armitage
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Lee Pace
  • Luke Evans
  • Ken Stott
  • James Nesbitt
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Christopher Lee
  • Hugo Weaving
  • John Bell
  • Jed Brophy
  • Adam Brown
  • John Callen
  • Stephen Fry
  • Ryan Gage
  • Mark Hadlow
  • Peter Hambleton
  • Stephen Hunter
  • William Kircher
  • Sylvester McCoy
  • Graham McTavish
  • Michael Mizrahi
  • Dean O'Gorman
  • Mikael Persbrandt
  • Aidan Turner

Writers:

  • Fran Walsh
  • Guillermo Del Toro
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Peter Jackson
  • Philippa Boyens

Producers:

  • Carolynne Cunningham
  • Zane Weiner
  • Fran Walsh
  • Peter Jackson
  • Alan Horn
  • Toby Emmerich
  • Ken Kamins
  • Carolyn Blackwood

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