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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

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The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

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Peter Jackson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... Gandalf
Martin Freeman ... Bilbo
Richard Armitage ... Thorin
Ken Stott ... Balin
Graham McTavish ... Dwalin
William Kircher ... Bifur
James Nesbitt ... Bofur
Stephen Hunter ... Bombur
Dean O'Gorman ... Fili
Aidan Turner ... Kili
John Callen ... Oin
Peter Hambleton ... Gloin
Jed Brophy ... Nori
Mark Hadlow ... Dori
Adam Brown ... Ori
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Storyline

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? Written by Otaku-sempai

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Taglines:

Beyond darkness... beyond desolation... lies the greatest danger of all.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hobbit Part 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$225,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,645,197, 13 December 2013

Gross USA:

$258,366,855

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$960,366,855
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Five members of the cast worked on adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories: -Martin Freeman (Bilbo) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug) had starred in Sherlock (2010) (Cumberbatch was Holmes and Freeman was Watson). -Stephen Fry (the Master of Lake Town) played Sherlock's brother Mycroft in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). -Sir Christopher Lee (Saruman) played Sherlock in Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), Sir Henry Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), and Mycroft Holmes in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). -Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) starred as Holmes in Mr. Holmes (2015). See more »

Goofs

Legolas' bow sometimes disappears when he starts fighting with his sword and knives and reappears on his back or in his left hand. See more »

Quotes

[hearing a rumbling noise within the Mountain]
Dori: Was that an earthquake?
Balin: That, my lad, was a dragon.
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Alternate Versions

The Extended Edition that was made for the home theater market adds 25 minutes of additional footage. These include the following new or extended scenes:
  • At the Prancing Pony, Gandalf asks Thorin about his business in Bree. Thorin tells him that he is searching for Thrain, his father who was presumed dead after the Battle of Moria; Thrain has supposedly been seen again. Thorin also mentions that Thrain was wearing one of the seven Dwarf Lord rings when he disappeared.
  • After having spent the night in Beorn's house, the Dwarves are discussing how they can get past Beorn unseen; however, Gandalf assures them they will need Beorn's help. Gandalf goes with Bilbo to carefully introduce the group to Beorn, but the Dwarves mistake his gestures for a sign that they should come out of the house, much to Beorn's unpleasant surprise.
  • Upon leaving with Beorn's ponies, Beorn makes the group swear to free the horses before entering the forest. He then has a talk with Gandalf about Azog, the Necromancer at Dol Guldur, the tombs in the mountains (featuring a flashback with a voiceover by Galadriel) and a possible return of Sauron.
  • Gandalf warns the Dwarves not to disturb the water in Mirkwood, use only bridges, and be wary of illusions.
  • The Dwarves find the bridge in Mirkwood destroyed, so they cross the river with the use of vines hanging above the water. Bombur falls in the water and is asleep, so the other Dwarves need to carry him. They see a white stag, which Thorin tries to shoot unsuccessfully. Bilbo states this will bring bad luck.
  • The Master of Laketown and his aid Alfrid talk about Bard and their desire to get rid of his influence on the people of the town. As Alfrid serves the Master a plate of goat and ram's testicles to eat, they discuss a possibility to silence Bard.
  • While being smuggled into Laketown, the Dwarves are discovered. They fight off the guards with the help of the townsfolk. Braga, the captain of the guards, enters, and Bard bribes him into leaving by offering him a fancy piece of underwear for his wife.
  • Master and Alfrid are discussing an old prophecy that when the king of the mountain returns, the streets will run with gold.
  • Alfrid asks whether Thorin can be trusted to keep his word, prompting Bilbo to vouch for him.
  • The remaining Dwarves ask Alfrid to help the wounded Kili, but he coldly dismisses them.
  • Balin describes how the desolation of Smaug was once a lush woodland.
  • While at Dol Guldur, Gandalf is suddenly attacked by a Dwarf. After a brief scuffle, Gandalf recognizes his assailant as Thrain, and uses an enchantment to give him his memory back. Thrain mentions how he lost his finger and the Dwarf Lord ring during the Battle of Moria. He also warns Gandalf that no one should get into Erebor.
  • Gandalf and Thrain are attacked by Azog at Dol Guldur. Gandalf fights him off and they run away, only to be caught by the Necromancer, who uses black smoke tendrils to grab and kill Thrain.
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Peter Jackson: The New George Lucas.
20 December 2013 | by Zeke03See all my reviews

We all remember how George Lucas created an amazing trilogy called "Star Wars," then went back later to do a prequel trilogy and tried to destroy the franchise by focusing on ridiculous visual effects and neglecting the story entirely; so too has Peter Jackson fallen.

The five points I have given are purely for the visual aspect of the movie. It is amazing. But we all expected that.

0/5 for story. Tolkien wrote an amazing little (LITTLE) book called the Hobbit. Jackson could have fit the important and relevant parts of "An Unexpected Journey" into about an hour. It is the same here. There is a ridiculous amount of filler, needless side-plots, and a stupid (for lack of a better word) love triangle that makes a Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy seem deep. And I mean OK, I expect filler if you're going to turn a tiny book into three three hour movies, but at least keep what happens in the book if you're going to make stuff up. A few times scenes that were actually written by Tolkien feel rushed and cut short, while filler scenes seem to drag endlessly.

Smaug had the potential to be great, and started out that way, but the gross on screen overuse of his character makes you think of a brainless rat running through a maze searching for cheese rather than the majestic dragon we all grew up reading about.

I could keep on listing things I did not like (like bringing Legolas into the film to draw fans, and then overusing every cool thing he ever did in LOTR until you're sitting in your seat begging him to stop {ex, he surfs on EVERTYTHING}) but I am going to stop.

Go see the movie on principle, but don't go looking for the nostalgia of LOTR like I did. Because even though it should be there, any chance these films had of greatness was lost in the desperate attempt to turn what should have been one great film into a three year money making machine.


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