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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Epic fatigue crushes any hope of emotion in this long & drawn-out tale.

Part two of The Hobbit serves up more epic fatigue than the four previous Middle Earth films combined. Devoid of anything remotely emotional, the film fails to engage the heart. The relationship between Kili (Aidan Turner) and newcomer Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) helps but is so underdeveloped that its resolution--the ethereal and strangely erotic healing scene--comes off laughable at best.

Best to avoid this and pick up the book. While it too fails to provide a complete story, at least one can finish it without suffering a massive headache.