The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

By Suzzane Marshall from the January 2014 Edition

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan and many more
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Running Time: 161 minutes

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“After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest–without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?”

J.R.R. Tolkien fans won’t be disappointed in this movie, the art direction, color, music and costumes are incredible and consistent. I always find the hobbits rough and funny while the Orcs are about as ugly as one can imagine. Still they render the story with great tribute to the characters.

The movie is quite long but not uncomfortably so. For those who have read the books, I am given to understand that the presentation holds true.

The Peter Jackson fans will not be disappointed with this film. It is rated at 8.9/10. That’s pretty hard to beat.

It is also rated at PG13, so small children could be frightened out of their skin without proper prepping. Enjoy this amazing cinematic feat.

Download or view The January 2014 Magazine


Suzanne A. Marshall hails from western Canada and has been living the good life in Manzanillo over the past 8 years. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She is retired from executive business management where her writing skills focused on bureaucratic policy, marketing and business newsletters. Now she shares the fun and joy of writing about everyday life experiences in beautiful Manzanillo, Mexico, the country, its people, the places and the events.

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Suzanne A. Marshall hails from western Canada and has been living the good life in Manzanillo over the past 8 years. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She is retired from executive business management where her writing skills focused on bureaucratic policy, marketing and business newsletters. Now she shares the fun and joy of writing about everyday life experiences in beautiful Manzanillo, Mexico, the country, its people, the places and the events.

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