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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  14 December 2012 (USA)
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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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As Thorin addresses the group at Bilbo Baggins' dinner table, the arrangement, color, and texture of items in a plate (cookies or biscuits) changes. 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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All the charm of the original novel has been replaced by lots of growling.
5 January 2013 | by (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Tolkien must be spinning in his grave. This movies bears absolutely no resemblance to the book, aside from the names of the characters and the general plot.

There is no character development - everything is just a vehicle for the special effects. The story has been changed... I suppose they needed to to add more growly parts and 3D effects.

Of course, the technical wizardry is exceptional, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. And, when it comes down to it, it's the story that's the most important part. It's the story and the charming characters that made the book so popular - I've read it dozens of times, over the years.

Bottom line - if you removed all of the growling, you'd trim the movies down to about an hour and a half, at best, and you'd still be no closer to understanding the characters and their charm. I can see why they had to split the story into 3 parts - just to fit in all of the technical wizardry... and, of course, the growling.

Definitely a disappointment.


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