9 A Con­ver­sa­tion With A Dragon

The Hob­bit: The Deso­lat ion Of Smaug

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Greatest middle-earth moments -

We had to wait un­til the sec­ond Hob­bit film to get a good look at the mighty Smaug, and he didn’t dis­ap­point – and nor does this scene, so fa­mous from the orig­i­nal book, which fea­tures the rep­tile ex­chang­ing bit­ter barbs with a quak­ing Bilbo. Need­less to say, Martin Free­man is note- per­fect as he in­ter­acts with the beast – even when he isn’t speak­ing, his mor­ti­fied ex­pres­sions tell us ev­ery­thing we need to know about how he’s feel­ing, poor lit­tle Hob­bit – and the CGI Smaug is mag­nif­i­cent. And check out all those slid­ing, tin­kling coins; you can almost smell the gold in the air...

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