The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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PG-13 (for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images)
Running time:
170 minutes

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.

Release date:
December 14, 2012
Quick review:
Bloated and blustery, the first installment of the promised film trilogy based on Tolkien’s slim fairy tale finds furry-footed Bilbo Baggins reluctantly trekking across Middle-earth in the company of thirteen grumpy dwarves and a worried wizard. Orcs and wargs, elves and goblins, Great Eagles and Great Spiders, furry little ponies and giants made of stone get in their way - but not nearly as much as director Peter Jackson’s obsession with new-fangled movie technology. The 3-D, 48 frames-per-second business makes the whole thing look like hi-def "Dr. Who."