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Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joins Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of dwarves led by the brave Thorin (Richard Armitage) on a treacherous quest to reclaim their mountain home from the fierce dragon Smaug in this epic fantasy adventure adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel by the creative forces behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Long before Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) made his arduous journey to Mordor, his brave uncle Bilbo embarked on an adventure for the ages. Bilbo's story gets under way when the great wizard Gandalf appears at his front gate with a most unusual offer. Displaced from their massive fortress in the Lonely Mountain by Smaug - a greedy dragon who coveted their gold - a community of noble dwarves were decimated by a surprise attack by monstrous orcs, whose dreaded leader the Pale Orc slew their king in a gruesome battle. Now, Thorin, the descendent of the king, is determined to reclaim his mountain kingdom for his people. Together with a fearless team of dwarves, Thorin and Gandalf recruit Bilbo to aid them in their quest since Hobbits have the unique ability to go undetected when they wish to. Before Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves can reach The Lonely Mountain and defeat Smaug, however, they'll have to contend with trolls, goblins, stone giants, Gollum (Andy Serkis), and even the dreaded Pale Orc himself. Peter Jackson directs a screenplay he co-penned with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro.
This was unexpectedly good. I was surprised at how quickly this nearly three hour movie flew by. There's a lot of CGI but given the Fantasy aspect, it was almost perfectly used. The character of Bilbo Baggins is very likable and of course, Gandalf is the center that everything truly revolves around.
I had heard and read that this film is loaded with filler, but I really considered it to be smaller stories within a larger one. Kind of a Fantasy anthology. I still don't know why Gandalf doesn't just whip up his moth/eagles and fly everyone to their destinations but I suppose that doesn't make for much of an adventure.
This is a much better start to "The Hobbit" trilogy than I expected and I'm looking forward to the remaining films in the series.
Peter Jackson is a very good filmmaker, but this just seems like a rehash of things we saw in "Lord of the Rings".
Beautifully shot, but a bit slow.
OK but not a fan of on screen violence
great cast, magnificent scenery and very entertaining
If you're looking to revisit the magnificent "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, you've come to the right place, sort of. While lacking the grand narrative sweep, bold characterizations and incredible supporting elements of that masterpiece, it's good enough to have you leave the theater wanting more. Does the material deserve 3 installments? My first trip to Paris was the most memorable, but I have been back many times since. I guess I'd rather have parts 2 and 3 of the Hobbit to look forward to rather than have nothing else in the Jackson Middle -Earth pipeline. The Middle Earth universe is a great pleasure to re-visit and Jackson gives us a great tour of one of our favorite cinematic places.