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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  


Gandalf: Ian McKellen
Bilbo: Martin Freeman
Thorin: Richard Armitage
Balin: Ken Stott
Dwalin: Graham McTavish
Gollum: Andy Serkis
Review December 2012

Has it really been 9 years since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King took home Best Picture gold? Taking us there and back again is director Peter Jackson and a cast of familiar faces for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In this epic tale, home loving Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys outside the Shire, across Middle Earth, along with Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield, and thirteen dwarves to battle goblins, orcs, and spiders. Not to mention the creature that will forever change Bilbo's life (Gollum). At a little over 300 pages, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the shortest book in the series and An Unexpected Journey is the first of what will soon become a trilogy. However, even with familiar faces and places and an emphasis on humor, the pressure of three films limits much of the creative energy that made its predecessors so special. Strictly faithful to the novel, The Hobbit hems and haws with only an occasional cinematic punch, making it a good, but very expected journey.

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