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The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey

  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Peter Jackson
  • 169 mins
  • 12A

Summary

The first part of Peter Jackson's fantasy adventure trilogy based on the book by JRR Tolkien, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen. Encouraged by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins leaves the comfort of his home in the Shire to join a band of dwarves in their quest to reclaim the Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. It is a journey that will see the plucky hobbit encounter goblins, orcs and a very strange creature called Gollum.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Following his hit Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson travels further back through the history of Middle-earth to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins. Martin Freeman plays the titular hobbit with curmudgeonly charm, as he reluctantly leaves home to join a band of dwarves led by Thorin (Richard Armitage doing mean and moody) on a quest to reclaim his birthright. Ian McKellen makes an amusing double act with Freeman as the wizard Gandalf, who nudges him into action. Jackson's decision to split the book across three films means he struggles to impose an orderly structure, but he does deliver extraordinary set pieces such as a battle between stone giants and a fateful encounter with Gollum (Andy Serkis). The action is heightened with a superfast camera, but crystal clarity doesn't lend itself to a storybook aesthetic. Overall, it's a rocky road with some spectacular views, but you're left feeling there's a long way to go.

Credits

Cast

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Gandalf the GreyIan McKellen
Bilbo BagginsMartin Freeman
Thorin OakenshieldRichard Armitage
BofurJames Nesbitt
BalinKen Stott
RadagastSylvester McCoy
Great GoblinBarry Humphries
GaladrielCate Blanchett
Old BilboIan Holm
SarumanChristopher Lee
Lord ElrondHugo Weaving
FrodoElijah Wood
GollumAndy Serkis
KiliAidan Turner
ThranduilLee Pace
NecromancerBenedict Cumberbatch
DwalinGraham McTavish
FiliDean O'Gorman
BomburStephen Hunter (3)
OriAdam Brown

Crew

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DirectorPeter Jackson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2012-12-14
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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