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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug.

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Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to ... Written by Production

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Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images | See all certifications »

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$180,000,000 (estimated)

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$84,617,303 (USA) (14 December 2012)

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$303,001,229 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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Trivia

Gandalf makes a count of the dwarfs by three times: in Bilbo's house, when they arrive in the Hidden Valley (just before they arrive in Rivendell) and when they leave the Goblin King's cavern. See more »

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When Gandalf shows the Morgul's blade in the White Council, the sword's covering changes of position some times. See more »

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Old Bilbo: My dear Frodo, you asked me once if I had told you everything there was to know about my adventures. And while I can honestly say I've told you the truth, I may not have told you all of it. I am old, Frodo. I am not the same hobbit as I once was. It is time for you to know what really happened.
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Flaming Red Hair
Written by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche and Janet Roddick with Peter Daly, Chris O'Connor, Ruairidh Morrison, Grant Shearer
Performed by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche and Janet Roddick with Peter Daly, Chris O'Connor, Ruairidh Morrison, Grant Shearer
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Bloated and simply boring
27 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Just saw "The Hobbit" in 2D and standard 24 fps. There is some good to be said about this movie: Many set-designs and landscape shots are quite beautiful (in case you missed the same set-designs and landscape shots in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy)... Alas, this does not a great movie make! In terms of plotting, pacing or character development "The Hobbit" falls unbelievably short. Actually this movie is like watching six or eight fantasy video game trailers in sequence. Jackson put much effort in creating 3D-worthy graphics but none in a story worthy to be told. The additions to Tolkien's Book feel contrived and unnecessary, bordering on ridiculous.

The movies action has neither point nor focus. Especially (but not exclusively) the battle scenes feel drawn out and overlong. During the screening I saw, two people in my row actually fell asleep during the movie, proving that action for it's own sake is simply... tiring.

Jacksons interpretation of The Lord Of The Rings was partly faithful as well as partly very far from the original source. Either way, one had the impression, that Jackson was driven to tell (his version of) this story. With The Hobbit, you get the expression that Jackson's only drive is to cash in. A pity.

I won't say, that I'll avoid the coming parts two and three - I'll definitely wait for the budget DVD/Blu-Ray though.


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