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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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    Why must we resist evil?
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug can stimulate discussions about our desire to reclaim our position, why we have to stay on God's path, how we become blind to growing evil, and how impatience can imperil our mission.
    Film Synopsis: Picking up where The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off, Bilbo, Gandalf, and the company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield are making their way toward The Lonely Mountain in hopes of reclaiming their kingdom from the dragon usurper Smaug. But many perils stand in their path.

    Hotly pursued by orcs, the company must seek refuge with Beorn -- a skin-shifter who is not known to be kindly toward dwarves. With his help, they make it to the edge of Mirkwood forest -- the only path short enough to get them to the Lonely Mountain in time to locate a keyhole which is revealed only once a year. The wood is ruled by Dark Elves attempting to keep an unnamed, but growing evil at bay. They are suspicious of outsiders.

    Gandalf is called away on urgent business, but cautions the dwarves to walk cautiously in Mirkwood, to stay on the path, and not to enter the mountain until he returns. What seems to be a simple set of instructions proves more difficult to obey in practice, and the illusion of the forest, the paranoia of the elves, and the impatience of a king-in-waiting lead to delay and danger.

    And in the end, Bilbo and Thorin must face their most cunning and powerful opponent yet: the mighty dragon Smaug, who has grown comfortable on his treasure bed, and who will not relinquish his rule over the mountain for anyone. Let the battle begin!
    Genre: Fantasy
    Rating: PG-13
    Content Advisory: contains battle and dragon violence and intense situations. The MPAA gave it a PG-13 rating.
    A FilmTalk Card is a single page study guide in pdf format that will lead participants through 3 or 4 areas of spiritual, ethical, or moral discussion based on scenes or ideas contained in the movie. Each single paged FilmTalk Card describes movie moments to provide context for questions that challenge your group to see the connection between the film, their faith, and their lives.

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