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Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" should never have been made and doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. After making three films from three Tolkien books, Jackson has now made the second of three films from one comparatively brief novel, a 161-minute would-be epic, in which the strain to stretch and inflate is apparent in virtually every frame.
Sleeping dragons, as we know from our childhood literature, eventually awaken. If they didn't, there wouldn't be a story. So it's hardly news that in the second installment of Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, the dragon rouses from his slumber.