Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

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.

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