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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Synopsis

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands. Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Cast

  • Ian McKellen
  • Martin Freeman
  • Richard Armitage
  • Ken Stott
  • Graham McTavish
  • William Kircher
  • James Nesbitt
  • Stephen Hunter
  • Dean O'Gorman
  • Aidan Turner

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Metacritic

75
Dec 13, 2012

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.

Metacritic review by Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
NPR
75
Dec 12, 2012

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.

Metacritic review by Rene Rodriguez
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
60
Dec 3, 2012

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.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter