• The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Release Date: December 14th, 2012

DVD Release Date: March 19th, 2013

PG-13 |2 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire, until the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) arrives and convinces him to join a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. The journey takes Bilbo on a path through treacherous lands swarming with orcs, goblins and other dangers, not the least of which is an encounter with Gollum (Andy Serkis) and a simple gold ring that is tied to the fate of Middle Earth in ways Bilbo cannot even fathom.

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter

Director: Peter Jackson

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Production Co: WingNut Films

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Charming, Temptation, Friend, Friendship, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    There will be opportunities to see the picture in regular 24 frames per second, but I recommend going the whole hog and sampling what Jackson has come up with - a new way to watch movies and a new take on a universe that seemed to have exhausted its narrative possibilities. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    A purist's delight, something the millions of die-hard fans of his Lord of the Rings trilogy will gorge upon. In pure movie terms, however, it's also a bit of a slog, with an inordinate amount of exposition and lack of strong forward movement...There are elements in this new film that are as spectacular as much of the Rings trilogy was, but there is much that is flat-footed and tedious as well, especially in the early going. show more

  • 75
    Bob MondelloNPR

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey isn't "unexpected" at all, though between its lighter tone and a decade's worth of improvements in digital film techniques, there should be enough of a novelty factor to delight most fans. show more

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