The Desolation of Smaug: A Welcome Return to Middle-Earth

By Wesley Sharer

One of the most exciting literary adaptations of the past year, and certainly one of the most anticipated, has been the continuation of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth films with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. At this point, it might not have any revolutionary effect on cinema (Jackson already won a total of 17 Oscars for his Lord of the Rings trilogy), but it's hard to deny the film's appeal, even if it has trouble living up to expectations.

Some story elements of The Desolation of Smaug might feel like more of the same, but that's part of what makes these movies so ...

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