June 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm #103116
Looks great! And having read the book, I know the second movie will be more interesting plot-wise than the first.June 13, 2013 at 9:23 am #103117
Cannot wait. LOVED the first one.June 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm #103118
Great trailer. But God I’m worried, the first film severely disappointed me. The darn Rankin-Bass animated film was more fun: “Down down to Goblin-town. You go my lad! You go my lad!” anyone? “Where There’s a Whip There’s a Way”? That one’s an instant classic, though from Return of the King. Back to The Hobbit: that whole Azog plot was shit and poorly executed. The pacing was awful. The best directed scene was Riddles in the Dark. I hope the second film can redeem my feelings for this unnecessarily long and epic (The Hobbit was a character study driven through episodes, not an epic history like Lord of the Rings) “trilogy.”November 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm #103119
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The first installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy grossed $13 million from its midnight showings
Advance tickets for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will go on sale Thursday morning, New Line and MGM said Friday.
“The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy, will open in theaters Dec. 13. Fans who buy tickets in advance will also have an early opportunity to buy tickets for midnight showings of the film.
The first film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” grossed $13 million from its midnight showings. It was one of the biggest hits of 2012, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide, demonstrating why the studio stretched the book over three movies.
The third film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will open in 2014.
Warner Bros. is handling theatrical distribution for all three movies, which were shot in 3D and at 48 frames-per-second. The film will be released in high frame rate 3D, as well as other 2D and 3D formats.
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro wrote the screenplay for the second film, which Jackson produced with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and WalshNovember 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm #103120
Happy for those that are excitied about the film but I was watching the first one on HBO a week ago, and I swear that I could have gone and made a Thanksgiving dinner during the process. It really felt like the longest movie ever.November 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm #103121
I wasn’t a huge fan of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. It was WAY too long, the tone was very inconsistent, and frankly, the action set pieces weren’t even all that exciting. It wasn’t a bad movie or anything, but it felt at times like a very unnecessary one. I’m really hoping this new film is much better.December 6, 2013 at 9:49 am #103122
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BUMPDecember 13, 2013 at 9:07 am #103124
These reviews are very encouraging after the first installment, which has been on HBO so often I’ve really been able to pick it apart. Any takes on the dragon? Did they nail Smaug?December 13, 2013 at 9:28 am #103125
I saw the midnight showing. It was good. They nailed Smaug. Now the ending was interesting……if the first one had ended on such a high note, I think the reception it recieved would have been better.December 13, 2013 at 9:31 am #103126
I hope Smaug looks good, I can’t wait to see where they end this one. My fear is that DragonHeart from 17 years ago may look better even today (it was stunningly animated and the voice over by Connery was terrific).December 16, 2013 at 6:47 am #103127
Some thrilling set pieces for sure, and Martin Freeman had a more dynamic presence in this installment than the last one. Smaug (and the great Benedict Cumberbatch) kicked some serious ass in this as well. But the film itself was way too long for its own good. Lots of “The Two Towers”-ing going on here unnecessarily. It shows that “The Hobbit” didn’t need to be a “trilogy” by any stretch, and the story itself could have been served better in less installments (or even as a miniseries, though the production values would be far lesser, for better or worse). The cliffhangerish ending sets up the action of the third film well, which I will certainly be back to see the conclusion for, so there’s that at least.December 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm #103128
Well, those final 30 minutes or so were fantastic, Smaug and Cumberbatch( Brilliant ) , no words for it, ouststanding dragon but, to me, that and Gandalf facing Sauron and legolas of course were the only good things . There was no need for the elf romance, all that orc fuzz or the spiders, but well, can’t wait for the third one.