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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

HD   12 Closed Captioning AD

Peter Jackson

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About the Film

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with the first of three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's enduring masterpiece. Set in Middle-earth 60 years before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of dwarves on a journey into wild, treacherous lands swarming with beasts of every ilk. Although their goal lies to the East, they must first escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum. Alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo gains possession of Gollum's "precious" -- a simple, gold ring tied to the fate of all Middle-earth.

Customer Reviews

Really Good! Don't believe reviews!

This film was great and entertaining! Critics were very harsh I thought. It may not be completely true to the book but very entertaining! Watch it with an open mind! The reason lot's of LOTR fans disliked it is because there is simply not as much at stake! An Entertaining 3 Hours!

Thoroughly Recommended

Early reviews for Jackson's prequel to LOTRs suggested it wasn't up to much, so, despite being a huge LOTRs fan, I wasn't expecting to enjoy The Hobbit. Like many, I felt it was too slight a story and that Jackson was cashing in by dragging the story out across 3 movies. In the end, it was only my huge admiration for Martin Freeman which persuaded me into the cinema - and thank goodness it did, because The Hobbit was a revelation. This is a thoroughly entertaining, spectacular, gripping and moving film of great accomplishment, anchored by an outstanding lead performance. The additional material felt integral to the story, developing the history and raising the tension rather than simply filling the running time, the visuals were amazingly well orchestrated and the humour, which I was afraid would be too childish given the source material, was sweet and appropriate rather than embarrassing. Ok, it's not perfect: I really disliked the prologue with Ian Holm and Elijah Wood, which was one of the few moments which felt like a calculated attempt to connect to LOTRs, some of the miraculous escapes are a little too miraculous, and I have to say that for me the new HD 48 frame format simply didn't work as it gave the film too much of a documentary feel which didn't sit well with the fantasy elements. But when its good, its very, very good, not least in the simply jaw-dropping scene between Bilbo and Gollum which sees the LOTRs favourite rendered even more perfectly in CGI but never feeling less than real in a stunning but all too brief exchange from two actors at the height of their powers. To put it simply - if you liked LOTRs, you'll like this, and I came away feeling excited at the prospect of two further movies and confident that Jackson knew exactly what he was doing when he returned to Middle Earth.

Okay I suppose

It's an alright film to keep you entertained but don't be expected to watch an amazing film. I expect the future hobbit films to be a lot better though since it has set the story in this one. Just like lord of the rings, the first one (in my opinion) was the worst however the others were epic. I recommend this if your looking for time to waste.
Hope this helped :)