The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

By Peter Jackson

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Release Date: 2012-12-14
  • Advisory Rating: 12
  • Runtime: 2h 49min
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: New Zealand, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: GBP 8.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
From 10,362 Ratings


Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with the first of three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's enduring masterpiece. Set in Middle-earth 60 years before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of dwarves on a journey into wild, treacherous lands swarming with beasts of every ilk. Although their goal lies to the East, they must first escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum. Alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo gains possession of Gollum's "precious" -- a simple, gold ring tied to the fate of all Middle-earth.



  • A interesting start to this trilogy.

    By KarltoonTV
    I really liked LOTR and I have to say, this movie isn’t a bad start to the prequel trilogy. There may by me some issues with the pacing, but the story and characters were actually ok. I actually like Bilbo more than Frodo. The one thing I didn’t like about this film is the use of 48frames instead of the traditional 24frames. There is a reason why nearly every film in exsistencw, past and present have stuck with 24 frames. 47 frames is so close to what we perceive as real life. The high frame rate makes the cgi look very ‘gamey’. It looks like looking at the behind the scenes of it. It takes you out of the film. 24frames is smooth enough to make motion pictures look smooth, but the look of it stylizes reality, giving that dream look. The low frame rate gives of more motion blur than 48 frames, which has far less. That blur is what gives film that cinematic feel. When it’s taken away, you are drawn out of the film. I strongly recommend watching this drink at 24frames, the way it is meant to be watched. But as a movie overall, it ain’t bad. :)
  • Good

    Good film but 2 many parts
  • bilbo

    By a04675876353353683636389339393
    fab best film ever
  • Not as good as the Lord of the rings. But still really good😀

    By T2angus
    Peter Jackson did a great job. He added in the orks who are not in the book but that gave the film an exciting dark twist. The cast was great and the action was fantastic! But some how it doesn't have the great lord of the rings feel to it!
  • Great film

    By Andrew Rust
    I really like the Lord of the Rings and this doesn't disappoint. Unlike Star Wars went they went back to the beginning this was done right and great cast as always.
  • Every bit as good as LOTR

    By Strawberry Girl 72
    On scrolling through the reviews, I read the negative ones in complete and utter disbelief. Which movie were THEY watching? It surely wasn't the same one I saw at the cinema! Martin Freeman excels as the lynchpin of "The Hobbit" ably supported by a wonderful cast. A wonderful, rollicking adventure from start to finish. Have watched this at least 4 times. Loved"The Desolation of Smaug" just as much. Cannot wait for Part III!
  • Great as a film

    By Erüane
    The Hobbit was a pretty good as a movie, but if Peter Jackson was trying to duplicate the book he did a horrendous job and utterly failed. I really enjoyed The Lord Of The Rings and was hoping the hobbit film would be similar in accuracy but it wasn't. Some people have said the film was childish and that is true, but it should be as Tolkien wrote the Hobbit for children while he wrote The Lord Of The Rings for adults. All in all it was a good film and I would recommend it to all Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit fans.
  • Good night in film

    By Deliajane
    Escapism and adventure delivered
  • Great, but not LOTR great

    By DarthTurnip
    I’ve read all of Tolkien’s work, including The Hobbit & LOTR several time over. Let’s face it, The Hobbit is not a vast tome like LOTR and, after all, it IS a childrens book. Padding it out over 3 movies was a money-grab… while the substantial padding had a respectful and authentic spirit, it feels disjointed and doesn’t flow right - I’ve watched the movie twice and it still hasn’t “stuck” yet. It IS a good movie… but it is missing something. I won’t even get onto the subject of Tom Bombadil of course………..
  • Great movie

    By S-Gamester
    Not sure what the bad reviews by critics were for. If you like LOTR then you will love this. I really enjoyed it.