The Next Great Installment, However, A Tiny Bit More Scary Than Unexpected Journey.
I can't pick a favorite for these films because they are all mind blowing. Now, before I describe what you need to know, (SPOILER ALERT) A quick recap- The movie picks up where it left off as Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Dwarves camp upon the Carrock, a bear shaped rock. Azog continues to pursue the Company on their quest for Erebor, the Lonely Mountain. Azog then receives a message from Dol Guldur, where the Necromancer (A Dark Power) lives. He leaves at once and appoints his son, Bolg, to track the Company. While Bilbo spies on Bolg, he notices a bear in the woods. After the bear scares Bolg and the Orcs off, the bear attacks the Company. The Company then takes shelter in a mysterious house in the woods. Gandalf informs the rest of the Company that the house belongs to the bear who is actually a shape shifter named Beorn. After resting at Beorn's Hall and borrowing his horses, the company sets off for the border of Mirkwood. (The forest surrounding Dol Guldur. was once a thriving place but now devastation and corruption.) After setting the horses free to return to Beorn, Gandalf discovers a symbol of Sauron. (see LOTR) He leaves the Company at once. The Company traverses through the forest until they are captured by giant spiders. Bilbo rescues them by slaying each of the spiders. Towards the end of the duel, he sees one of the spiders with the One Ring and under the ring's control, he aggressively kills the spider. The Elves of Mirkwood then capture the Company and take them to an uncorrupted area of beauty. Bilbo is not captured and he follows the Elves to rescue the Company. Meanwhile, the dwarf Kili falls in love with the elf Tauriel. When Bilbo rescues the Company, they take advantage of drunken elves and use wine barrels to escape. When they are about to pass through the elves' river gate, Bolg and his orcs ambush both the elves and the dwarves. Kili is shot in the leg by a Morgul Arrow. (Like the Morgul Blade from LOTR) The Elven King, Thranduil, commands his subjects not to give thought to the Company. Tauriel thinks otherwise, she goes after the dwarves to help them. Thranduil's son, Legolas (see LOTR) follows her. They eventually decide to help the dwarves. Meanwhile Gandalf visits the High Fells, tombs of the Ringwraiths. (see LOTR) Radagast, an animal loving wizard who was introduced in the previous film, and Gandalf discover that all nine of the Nazgul (Ringwraiths) have awoken. They go to Dol Guldur to investigate. Gandalf sends Radagast to contact the other wizards and elven ring bearers, and Gandalf enters. He is faced with the Necromancer, who is revealed to be Sauron (see LOTR). Gandalf is then captured by the Necromancer and Azog, who marches to Erebor with an orc army . The Company sneak into Laketown with the help of Bard, a swashbuckling bowman. The Master of Laketown is greedy and afraid of Bard. The Master captures the Company after they try to steal from the armory. However, when The Master discovers the dwarves' purpose, he lets the Company keep the weapons. Bard discovers that the dragon may assault Laketown and takes up his bow and black arrows (which can kill Smaug). He tries to convince The Master that the dwarves have a blind eye, but fails. The Company leaves Kili and two other dwarves behind so that they can heal. Kili's sickness from the Morgul Arrow kicks in and they have to fight it back. Tauriel arrives to rescue Kili, but Bolg quickly follows. Together, Legolas and Tauriel kill Bolg. The Master then arrests Bard. Once the company gains entrance to Erebor. They upset Smaug and he flies toward Laketown. (See AUJ for more info.)
Great Messages: Good Messages for this movie include :
-Tauriel deciding to help the Company
-The same ones from AUJ
Great Role Models: Perfect Role Models for this movie include:
-Tauriel. She helps the dwarves regardless of the fact that they are dwarves.
-Radagast. He respects all nature and loves and cares for it as well. He also has an open heart.
-Bard. He is brave and chivalrous and will do anything to protect his town and family.
Violence: To be expected in a good vs evil film. The film contains epic battle sequences and the deaths of evil characters. I don't even remember a death of a significant good character in this film The most violent scenes include:
-The Spider Ambush
-The High Fells (Not exactly violent, just creepy.)
-The Dol Guldur Battle
-The Duel With Smaug.
Sex: I did not label this because all that it is is a crush between Kili and Tauriel.
Consumerism: Many toys were created after the film. As with AUJ this film deserves it's money anyway.
Drinking: I did not label this because it's just a reference while the Elves are asleep.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism