Published: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 8:51:03 AM

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

ONE has come to expect a certain standard from Peter Jackson and company when it comes to movies based on JRR Tolkien’s works. Here, the special effects, the performances (Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage are standouts) and the action sequences do not disappoint. Yes, the movie could’ve been shorter, it isn’t really necessary to have the extra storyline about a certain Wood Elf, and the sequence featuring Stephen Fry plotting something terrible in the character’s bedroom could’ve been a skit from Fry And Laurie. But, at the same time, this would mean that the film would have to lose some of the action sequences which are quite fun, especially when it has Legolas doing what he does best. It’s also nice to see actress Evangeline Lilly again – she has been missing for far too long. And without Fry’s character there might not be Luke Evans’ Bard, which would be a shame. – Mumtaj Begum (3/5 stars)


JASON Statham has played the strong silent type so often that the audience knows just when he is going to unleash his skills and when he is going to stay calm. Having said that, though, when Statham does break into action mode, he makes the most of it so it never gets tiring to see how he takes out the bad guys one by one. Heck, it makes me want to cheer the excessive violence.

Perhaps where the film differs is that it has Statham playing a dad who is really sweet to his daughter. It’s kind of unreal to see that. Just a wee bit. But it’s fun to see James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder stepping out of their comfort zone and trying new characters. – MB (3/5 stars)

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