Thorin, the ruler of the dwarves joins hands with his faithful dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf to reclaim his homeland Erebor which has been caught in the vice of a dragon Smaug. Along the way, they face threat to their lives from the Orcs whose pack of creatures try to hunt the dwarves down. Little help arrives when they are caught and jailed during their quest by Elves. Gandalf whose magical powers always keep the dwarves afoot also has to deal with greater evil which might pose a huge threat to the world. Lost and on their own, how the crew of Thorin, his dwarves and Bilbo try to win back Erebor is what the movie unfolds to.
Running Time:
161 min
Release Date:
13 December 2013
Directed by:
Peter Jackson
Produced by:
Carolynne Cunningham
Zane Weiner
Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson
Written by:
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson
Guillermo del Toro
Based on:
The Hobbit by
J. R. R. Tolkien
Ian McKellen
Martin Freeman
Richard Armitage
Benedict Cumberbatch
Evangeline Lilly
Lee Pace
Music by:
Howard Shore
Shot by:
Andrew Lesnie
Edited by:
Jabez Olssen
Distributed by:
Warner Bros. Pictures

What’s Hot

  • Peter Jackson is just the man to go to for a movie like this. His rendition of the first part was fantastic. He makes a double with this sequel where he has excelled in building up the movie’s story with enough characterization and lead up to sequences.
  • J R R Tolkien’s novels normally give the viewer a picturesque location to deal with. The cinematography has stood support to the movie with equal devotion to the darker exposures and adventure of the dwarves. The action sequences have been picturised brilliantly with the onus lying with the cinematography.
  • Howard Shore has been given the massive task of handling the music for this movie. He has delivered the goods where it mattered with quality music and the sound mixing/editing departments have gone hand in hand in getting the minute sounds of the dragon Smaug recorded brilliantly.
  • The dragon Smaug has been given a realistic feel by the VFX team and the sections of the movie that Smaug dominates are visually fantastic.

What’s Not

  • Though Peter Jackson is doing justice to Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” by giving importance to the most important sections of the story, the movie is a tad on the longer side.



Verdict Stamp

If the first part 'An Unexpected Journey' dealt with Bilbo Baggins gaining in guile and courage that all hobbits possess incessantly, he goes one step further by facing the dragon one on one in his quest to return the Arkenstone to the dwarves. As for the movie, its triple nomination for this year's Academy awards for the second year running is a standing testament to the quality of the movie making involved.