13 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's the prequel to one trilogy and the start of another, but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey can feel like damn near that many movies all by itself. You're watching an adaptation of a book by J.R.R. Tolkien, which includes tons of extra material Tolkien wrote but published elsewhere, which is also a prequel to the massively successful Lord of the Rings series, and which ultimately has to be a good movie on its own terms. The conflicting buzz on all these factors can be as disorienting as leaving your »


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