• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Release Date: December 13th, 2013

DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2014

PG-13 |2 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Having survived the first part of their unsettling journey, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his companions (Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage) continue east. More dangers await them, including the skin-changer Beorn and the giant spiders of Milkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood Elves, Bilbo and the dwarves journey to Lake-town and, finally, to the Lonely Mountain, where they face the greatest danger of all: the fearsome dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott

Director: Peter Jackson

Genres: Fantasy , Adventure

Production Co: WingNut Films

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Brooding, Transformation, Quest, Creative

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Not only eight minutes shorter than its forebear, it's at least eight minutes better - less twee, less chatty, more action, more Elvish. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    After exhibiting an almost craven fidelity to his source material the first time out, Jackson gets the drama in gear here from the outset with a sense of storytelling that possesses palpable energy and purpose. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    My advice to "Hobbit" fans is not only to see this one, but to see it as I did, in 3-D projected at the normal rate of 24 frames per second. The film will also be shown in what's called High Frame Rate 3-D, at 48 frames a second, but that made the last installment look more like video than a regular movie. Smaug is scary enough without a turbo boost. show more

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