Criticisms and Praise for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The Desolation of Smaug is the second part of academy award winning Film-maker Peter Jacksons trilogy film adaption of J.R.R Tolkien's timeless classic The Hobbit. The film picks up where The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off, with the company being pursued by Orcs on the edge of Mirkwood forest. The wizard Gandalf parts with the company on the edge Mirkwood forest, so that he and Radagast can attempt to defeat the Necromancer, who has been poisoning Mirkwood with black magic. While in Mirkwood, Bilbo and the Dwarves battle giant spiders, and are eventually captured by the Mirkwood elves. Among the Mirkwood elves is a familiar face from the Lord of The Rings trilogy, Legolas and a new face Tauriel a female elf who is captain of the guard. Bilbo, however, is not captured because he is wearing a ring of power which allows him to be invisible. The dwarves are imprisoned by the elven king Thranduil. Bilbo soon frees the dwarves from their cells; however, not before the dwarf Kili and the elf Tauriel begin to develop feelings for each other. The company escapes by hiding in barrels and floating down the river. During their escape Kili is shot with a morgul shard, which contains poison. The company is helped into lake town by a man named Bard. The company leave lake town without Fili, Kili, and Bofur and head to Erebor. There Bilbo faces the dragon Smaug, who stole Erebor from the Dwarves, while he is trying to get the Arkenstone. At the end of the film Smaug is
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