(2014) (Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama/Action: After a dangerous dragon is defeated, a hobbit and his dwarf allies must contend with their leader going mad in the dragon's lair, all while other forces arrive with the intent of defeating them.
- When we last saw the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (MARTIN FREEMAN), he was inside the Lonely Mountain along with a number of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (RICHARD ARMITAGE), battling the fierce dragon, Smaug (voice of BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), all in hopes of finding the Arkenstone, the key for Thorin to reclaim his rightful kingdom from the beast. Smaug was forced out and is now laying waste to the local village, with Bard the Bowman (LUKE EVANS) finally managing to kill him.
With the village destroyed, Bard leads the survivors -- including the conniving Alfrid (RYAN GAGE) -- toward the Lonely Mountain in hopes of finding a safe harbor, only to learn from Bilbo that Thorin has seemingly come under the spell of dragon sickness, leaving him power mad and increasingly paranoid about others. The wise wizard Gandalf the Grey (IAN McKELLEN) is of no use to them, what with being imprisoned, although he's eventually rescued.
At the same time, the Orc army commanded by Azog (MANU BENNETT) is headed toward the Lonely Mountain, as is the elf army led by Thranduil (LEE PACE). His son, Legolas (ORLANDO BLOOM), still isn't happy that fellow elf Tauriel (EVANGELINE LILLY) is smitten with dwarf Kili (AIDAN TURNER) rather than him. With Thorin's cousin, Dain (BILLY CONNOLLY), also arriving with his army, everything comes to head as a massive battle between the various armies seems inevitable.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They most likely will if they're fans of the earlier "Hobbit" or "Lord of the Rings" movies.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
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