Rated PG-13 · 169 minutes · 2012

Adventure, Fantasy
And so it begins again, another journey into Middle Earth by way of Peter Jackson’s vivid visual imagination. But The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey does not catch fire in the way The Lord of the Rings did. Its storytelling is uncomfortable and unremarkable, and the cinematography and production design are done in by Jackson’s experimentation with High Frame Rate 3-D, a new innovation that doubles the frames per second for a crisper image. Unfortunately, it’s terribly unnatural to look at. Having said that, The Hobbit has also been released in various other formats, so you can likely avoid removing your 3-D glasses a half-dozen times to stabilize your eyes. Like Lord of the Rings, this is a quest, with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joining Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a roguish band of dwarves. They may be moving an awful lot, but this story never seems to go anywhere.

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Official Site: www.thehobbit.com/index.html
Director: Peter Jackson
Producer: Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis and Sylvester McCoy


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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Creative Loafing Atlanta Old hobbits die hard in Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth Can The Hobbit's simple charms survive the expansion to epic film trilogy? by Curt Holman 12/11/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Epic flail: The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings was an epic; with The Hobbit, Peter Jackson is forcing it to become one. by Scott Renshaw 12/12/2012
Arkansas Times Unexpectedly good 'The Hobbit' may move slower than 'Rings,' but it's still a good ride. by Sam Eifling 12/19/2012
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Boise Weekly Zero is a Hero but The Hobbit is Token Tolkien Zero Dark Thirty opens Friday, January 11. The Hobbit is now playing practically everywhere. by George Prentice 12/19/2012
Portland Mercury The Tears of the Nerds Concerning hobbits and Hamburger Helper. by Erik Henriksen 12/12/2012
Charleston City Paper An Unexpected Journey weighs on the Hobbit's simple quest "All good stories deserve embellishment," says the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And he says it with a twinkle, as though he somehow knew it would wind up being quoted back by snarky critics. by Scott Renshaw 12/12/2012
Indy Week Three-hour opener to Hobbit trilogy Despite billing itself as an unexpected journey, this is pretty much what we expect: lots of epic battles; sweeping shots of pristine landscape; a score caught in a permanent swell; no one uses contractions. by Nathan Gelgud 12/12/2012
The Coast Halifax The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Part one of three features a way more chill crew by Jacob Boon 12/13/2012
East Bay Express The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey May be Hobbit-forming. by Kelly Vance 12/12/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Desolation of Smaug may as well be Lord of the Rings If The Hobbit is beginning to feel exhausting, it's not because the movies are long; it's from the strain of watching a movie devote so much energy to being something it's not. by Scott Renshaw 12/11/2013

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