The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Rating: 3.5 of 5 ★★★½☆ 

My review of the second Hobbit film is kind of vague and philosophical more than my usual analysis. Because there’s not much to say.

This has the feel of a story pulled apart and so half formed. There’s new characters but no depth in their relationships or interactions. Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas and his relationship with his father and all the possible intricacies and tension and… we’re given nothing. Even though I think the elves (and the credit song) are the best part of the whole thing.

There’s action and great production values, but there was no doubt that would be the case. The music is very good, but that’s also to be expected.

It’s good enough to make a studio a lot of money. But it doesn’t seep under your skin and into your heart and resonate within you the way Tolkien’s story should.

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