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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Martin Freeman
Ian McKellen
Richard Armitage
Andy Serkis
Aidan Turner
Stephen Fry
Benedict Cumberbatch
Orlando Bloom
Evangeline Lilly
Directors
Peter Jackson
Screenwriters
Phillipa Boyens
Fran Walsh
Guillermo del Toro
Peter Jackson
Running Time
161 minutes

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The beast mastered


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Plot
To complete their quest to Erebor, Bilbo (Freeman) and the dwarves must pick their way through a phantasmal forest, navigate raging rapids and escape the clutches of Lake-town's corrupt Master (Fry). Then there's the small matter of a dragon...


Verdict
Middle-earth's got its mojo back. A huge improvement on the previous instalment, this takes our adventurers into uncharted territory and delivers spectacle by the ton. And in case you were wondering, yes, someone manages to say the title as dialogue.


Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen

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