The second film in the trilogy of Hobbit movies requires a little background. It’s probably better if you watched the first film. What’s even better is if you read the book (which I love), but let’s not get bogged down there.

The second film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (rated PG-13), continues the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (the titular Hobbit) and 13 Dwarves as they travel across Middle Earth to Erebor, the kingdom under the mountain in order to reclaim it from a dragon (the titular Smaug).  Along the way they’ll meet a man who can turn into a bear, have run ins with elves, fight giant spiders, and much, much more.  It’s exciting film, but still long, clocking in around 2 hours and 41 minutes.

When it comes to family friendliness, Bob only gives it a 2.5 out of 5 for family friendliness, and it’s mainly due to violence.  There’s a lot of one on one fighting between dwarves, elves, and orcs, and while there’s not much blood, it can still feel gory with enemies being pierced by arrows or having their heads cut off.  You’ll definitely want to take that into consideration when taking kids to this one.  Listen below for my discussion with Bob about the film.

Bob and Mike talk “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

You can read more info and the full review at the Plugged In website.

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