Movie Info: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the 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. 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 ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” …a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. — (C) Warner Bros
Mars Reviews: A wild and visually stunning quest through a fantasy world all done with the noble spirit of courage and goodwill. For what it’s worth, the first installment of The Hobbit hits all the right notes and delivers what will be expected of it. It does what so few sequels/prequels do, making you hungry for the next of the series, while still making you appreciate very much what has come before. I definitely want to go there and back again.
Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5