FRIDAY THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
WIN, 8.40PM ★ ★
At 160 minutes, there’s a lot of draggin’ just to get to the dragon. Back in Middleearth, everyone is displaying worrying symptoms associated with the dreaded plight known as Middle- film Syndrome. Yes, part two of the Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, is upon us. There will be dwarfs. There will be a dragon.
A few elves. Many orcs. And a standing invitation to lie back and take a quick nap whenever you like. Bilbo Baggins ( Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey ( Ian McKellen) and dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield ( Richard Armitage) are still on a slow and scenic mission to reclaim the lost land of Erebor. The roadblock up ahead in this movie will be found at Lonely Mountain, where a vicious dragon named Smaug ( voiced with a venom both sinister and sarcastic by Benedict Cumberbatch) resides.