This is one of the very few movies both my 7 year old and I equally enjoyed. We just saw the movie. The place was pretty packed and people actually applauded at the end. The plot was easy enough for my son to follow and had nonstop action throughout. It does have some violence here and there but manageable. I'm a huge fan of the lord of the ring trilogy but I actually think I enjoyed more than the Hobbit. It's very entertaining and worth every penny.