The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and produced by WingNut Films in collaboration with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and is the second installment in the three-part film series based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The film was preceded by An Unexpected Journey (2012) andfollowed by The Battle of the Five Armies (2014); together they act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
- Starring : Ian McKellen / Martin Freeman
- Genre : Adventure / Fantasy
- Country : United States / New Zealand
- Language : English
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Production : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / New Line Cinema / WingNut Films
- Distributor : Warner Bros. / MGM Television / Cocinsa / Cuvision / Fathom Events / Filmcompagniet / Forum Hungary / Karo Premiere / MegaStar Media Joint Venture / Roadshow Entertainment / Roadshow Film Distributors / SF Film Finland / SF Norge A/S / Village / Warner Bros. F.E. / Westec Media Limited / Film1 / HBO Max / ITV 1 / KVH Media Group / New Line Home Video / SBS6 / SF Studios / TNT / Veronica / Viaplay / Warner Bros. Entertainment Australia / Warner Home Video / Warner Home Vidéo / Zon Audiovisuais
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug release date
- December 2, 2013 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- December 9, 2013 : Germany (Berlin) (premiere)
- December 11, 2013 : Spain (Madrid) (premiere)
- December 11, 2013 : France
- December 11, 2013 : Philippines
- December 11, 2013 : Sweden
- December 12, 2013 : Germany
- December 12, 2013 : Israel
- December 12, 2013 : Singapore
- December 13, 2013 : Canada
- December 13, 2013 : Spain
- December 13, 2013 : UK
- December 13, 2013 : Ireland
- December 13, 2013 : India
- December 13, 2013 : USA
- December 17, 2013 : Australia (Melbourne) (premiere)
- December 17, 2013 : Australia (Sydney) (premiere)
- December 26, 2013 : Australia
- February 28, 2014 : Japan
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug cast
- Ian McKellen as Gandalf
- Martin Freeman as Bilbo
- Richard Armitage as Thorin
- Ken Stott as Balin
- Graham McTavish as Dwalin
- William Kircher as Bifur
- James Nesbitt as Bofur
- Stephen Hunter as Bombur
- Dean O’Gorman as Fili
- Aidan Turner as Kili
- John Callen as Oin
- Peter Hambleton as Gloin
- Jed Brophy as Nori
- Mark Hadlow as Dori
- Adam Brown as Ori
The film follows the titular character Bilbo Baggins as he accompanies Thorin Oakenshield and his fellow dwarves on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. The film also features the vengeful pursuit of Azog the Defiler and Bolg, while Gandalf the Grey investigates a growing evil in the ruins of Dol Guldur. The ensemble cast includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom.
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro wrote the screenplay. The films were shot simultaneously in 3D at a projection rate of 48 frames per second, with principal photography taking place around New Zealand and at Pinewood Studios. Additional filming took place throughout May 2013.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered on 2 December 2013 in Los Angeles and was released internationally on 11 December 2013 in both conventional and IMAX theatres. The film received generally positive reviews and grossed over $958 million at the worldwide box office, surpassing both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, and making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2013. At the 86th Academy Awards, the film received nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
Thorin and his company are being pursued by Azog and his Orc party following the events of the previous film. They are ushered along by Gandalf to the nearby home of Beorn, a skin-changer who can take the form of the bear. That night, Azog is summoned to Dol Guldur by the Necromancer, who commands him to marshal his forces for war, so Azog delegates the hunt for Thorin to his spawn Bolg. The following day, Beorn escorts the company to the borders of Mirkwood, where Gandalf discovers Black Speech imprinted on an old ruin. Heeding a promise he made to Galadriel, he warns the company to remain on the path and leaves to investigate the tombs of the Nazgûl. Upon entering the forest, the dwarves lose their way and are ensnared by giant spiders. Bilbo sets about freeing them with the help of his recently acquired invisibility ring. He subsequently drops the ring and first begins to understand its dark influence after he brutally kills a creature to retrieve it.
The remaining spiders are fended off by the Wood-elves led by Tauriel and Legolas. They also capture the Dwarves and bring Thorin before their king Thranduil. Thranduil offers helps towards Thorin in exchange for starlight crystals in Erebor But Thorin confronts Thranduil about his neglect of the Dwarves of Erebor following Smaug’s attack 60 years earlier, and is consequently imprisoned with the other Dwarves. Bilbo, having avoided capture, arranges an escape using empty wine barrels that are sent downstream. While being pursued by the Wood-elves, they are ambushed by Bolg and his Orc party, and Kíli is wounded with a Morgul shaft. They engage in a running three-way battle down the river, but ultimately the Dwarves are able to escape both groups of pursuers. Thranduil then seals off his kingdom when an Orc captive reveals an evil entity has returned and is amassing an army in the south, but Tauriel decides to leave and assist the Dwarves, and Legolas goes after her. Meanwhile, Gandalf and Radagast go to investigate the tombs of the Nazgûl, which they find to be empty.
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