The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug *
The Hobbit, the dwarves and the wizard all continue their journey to get their gold back from Smaug the dragon.
Superior to the first film only in detail and window-dressing. Otherwise, it remains, like its predecessor, a padded mess. What’s so frustrating is how easily fixable Jackson’s problem is.
d – Peter Jackson
w – Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro (Based on the Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien)
ph – Andrew Lesnie
pd – Dan Hennah
m – Howard Shore
ed – Jabez Olssen
cos – Richard Taylor, Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey
p – Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Zane Weiner
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Cate Blanchett, Mikael Persbrandt