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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.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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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Beyond darkness... beyond desolation... lies the greatest danger of all.

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

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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Trivia

Eva Green auditioned for the part of Tauriel in 2010, losing the role to Evangeline Lilly. Green's audition took place right after Benedict Cumberbatch's, who successfully obtained the role of Smaug. See more »

Goofs

At the furnaces, when Thorin taunt Smaug into breathing fire to start up the furnaces, there are plenty of wooden objects (benches, crates,...) in the path of Smaug's fire breath, that will not burn, yet the coals in the furnace almost instantly catch fire. See more »

Quotes

Bilbo Baggins: I did not come to steal from you, O Smaug the Unassessably Wealthy. I merely wanted to gaze upon your magnificence, to see if you really were as great as the old tales say. I did not believe them.
Smaug: [strikes a pose] And do you, NOW?
Bilbo Baggins: Truly, tales and songs fall utterly short of your enormity, O Smaug the Stupendous...
Smaug: Do you think flattery will keep you alive?
Bilbo Baggins: No, no...
Smaug: No, indeed!
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Alternate Versions

The shot showing that the Dwarves have lost the path in Mirkwood is present in the theatrical version but is not included in the Extended Edition. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Viacheslav Fetisov (2013) See more »

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Composed by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche & Janet Roddick
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Great fun, but forget the book
19 December 2013 | by neil-476See all my reviews

Bilbo Baggins and assorted dwarfs continue their journey to Erebor, overcoming various obstacles on the way (including hostile elves) before Bilbo has to try to fulfil his engagement as burglar under the fiery snout of antisocial dragon Smaug.

The second Lord Of The Rings movie suffered from Middle Film Syndrome: Hobbit 2, despite occupying the same position in a trilogy, does not suffer to the same extent, and perhaps this is because it is exciting all the way through, yet follows on from a film which was pretty slow throughout its first half.

It also contains large chunks which do not come from the novel - I'm pretty sure Legolas wasn't in the book. He is great fun here, as a much angrier soldier in the Elf Army. And new creation Tauriel is hugely enjoyable, resembling nothing so much as Uma Thurman's character from Kill Bill, albeit attractively played with the hint of a smile by Evangeline Lilly.

Apart from being a more engaging movie than part 1, pretty much everything I thought about that movie still holds. I still have reservations about the dwarfs - their faces and hair feel obviously prosthetic and wigged, and it's still pretty difficult to tell them apart from each other except for the old one, the one wounded by the orc arrow, Thorin, and James Nesbitt's Irish one. I still have reservations about CGI orc faces - the prosthetic orc faces work noticeably better. I still have reservations about some of the action sequences, where more is not necessarily better (one sequence, in particular had the audience laughing because of the extent to which the Elvish derring-do was over-derring-done). And there are times when Bilbo looks cut out and pasted into a scene. And, once again, the 3D is indifferent.

Otherwise, this was great fun. Loads of action, some nice character work, an excellent and nasty spider fight, a well-voiced and visually realised Smaug, and not the slightest yen to look at my watch.

And a cliff-hanger. You swine, Jackson.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand | USA

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, 15 December 2013

Gross USA:

$258,366,855

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$958,366,855
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2.35 : 1
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