VIDEO: Hobbit film a monster hit, say fans

Beastly Orcs, a fire breathing dragon and other scray creatures help make the new Hobbit film a monster hit, say fans - watch our video verdicts, writes Graham Walker.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch trailer highlights and views of lucky fans who got a sneak peak at and adveanced screening at Cineworld Sheffield.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in cinemas Friday, December 13, 2013.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in cinemas Friday, December 13, 2013.

Amazing, spectacular, action packed and not to be missed - that’s what they thought of new Peter Jackson film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,

The film, at an epic two hours and 41 minutes, is the second in a trilogy of films adapting J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, set 60 years before The Lord of the Rings films.

It returns Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), joined by 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), out to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor from fearsome Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch).

They journey through the giant spider-infested Mirkwood, homeland of Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Highlights include an amazing white-water rapids chase, with the dwarves escaping in barrels, as they face beastly Orcs, and a fire-breathing dragon fight like no other. The battle scenes are full on, including a few grizzly beheadings.

The Orc character Azog in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Orc character Azog in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

But despite a 12A rating - which means children aged under 12 must be accompanied by an adult - many younger Hobbit fans won’t want to miss out.

Six-year-old Ben Cramner-Bills, of Doncaster,said: “It was really good. There was lots going on. Lots of dwarves - all battling. I really liked that part.”

Katie Whitworth, 10, of Rotherham, said: “The best bit was when they were fighting the Orcs in the barrels, in the water.”

Sheffield schoolgirl pals Melissa Minshull, Faye Telford, Alice Bagshaw, all 14, and Ellie Bagshaw, 15, loved it. Melissa said: “It is so good. Oh my God. Everyone needs to see it. I’m lost for words.”

Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo Baggins in Warner Bros. Pictures release. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo Baggins in Warner Bros. Pictures release. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Jennifer Comer, 63, of Kimberworth, Rotherham, said: “Fantastic. A lot better than the first film. There was action all the way through it. It was brilliant.”

Rob Andrews, 24, of Sheffield, said: “The dragon is incredible - fantastic and steals the show.”

Stuart Bottomley, 45, of Sheffield, added: “Fantastic. Brilliant. Every second of the film is filled with something to watch.”

Sales manager Tom Blackshaw, 31, of Sheffield, said: “It was spectacular. Even better than the first one - bring on a year’s time when we can see the next one.”

Sir Ian McKellen returns as wizard Gandalf in Warner Bros. Pictures release. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Sir Ian McKellen returns as wizard Gandalf in Warner Bros. Pictures release. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Joseph Curtis, 19, a former student, of Sheffield, said: “It’s awesome. I really recommend it. I’m going to come and see it again this Friday.”

Retail worker Carl Leduc, 25, from Canada, visiting friends in Sheffield said: “Everyone should go see it. And if they haven’t seen the first one, get on it and then see this one.”

Miles Crawshaw, 25, of Catterick, said: “The first was cracking and this one didn’t let me down.”

His brother Ethan, 21, a builder, from Lincoln, added: “Absolutely incredible. Everything I could wish for.”

Andy Meakin, 40, took the night off as Cineworld Operations Manager to watch the film as a fan. He said: “Two and a half hours running time and it was brilliant from start to finish.”

* The fgilm is on general release from Friday, December 13, 2013. Cineworld Sheffield will it in IMAX 3D, in HFR (Higher Frame Rate), 3D and 2D. Book in person, call 0871 200 2000, visit www.cineworld.co.uk and The Star’s online entertainments site at www.wow247.co.uk.