The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie poster

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

In theaters December 14, 2012

169 minutes

Peter Jackson returns to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth in the high-adventure, action-packed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Hobbits are short, unassuming human-like creatures that inhabit Hobbiton. They prefer good food and spirits, with no interest in risk or adventure. Bilbo Baggins is one of these hobbits. One evening, a wizard by the name of Gandalf the Gray and a party of thirteen elves convince Bilbo to become the burglar of their company. Long ago, the dwarves of a gold rich mountain were removed from their home by Smaug, a fire-breathing dragon. Lead by dwarf lord Thorin, the company (and their burglar) set out to take back the treasure.
Unexpected Journey is the first of three films chronicling the adventures of Bilbo Baggins. Peter Jackson intends to bring every bit of Tolkien’s novel to life in his movie trilogy. It’s very faithful, it’s extremely long winded. This segment in Tolkien’s fantasy-adventure leads Bilbo to encounter a trio of trolls, giant wolves, a goblin king and a chance encounter with the creature Gollum (and his “precious”).
If you thought Jackson brought the tech in his Rings trilogy, he 1-ups all of them with Hobbit. Aside from the breath-taking CGI, Hobbit sports the industries first full-length 48 frames-per-second presentation. The method produces images so crisp, it’s almost unreal. The first 30-minutes take some getting used to, including close-up action shots that appear to “stutter” (the best description I could muster). I assure you though, this is your brain’s failure to adjust to twice the data coming at you.
The presentation is amazing, but you won’t catch it just anywhere. Most theaters are not even equipped with the projectors required, so call ahead and ask for “HFR” or 48fps showings.
The Hobbit is a must-see film this holiday. At 167 minutes, it’s a marathon, but Jackson paces the epic very well. Peter’s interpretation is very faithful to the novel, which should satisfy the Tolkien followers.

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Movie Reelist Contributor: Chris Giroux
Chris Giroux is founder and editor-in-charge at Movie Reelist, an entertainment news and review blog serving the most fanatic moviegoers. Chris started his publication in Detroit in 2010 and has since reviewed hundreds of films and interviewed numerous talent across the country. He is an avid film festival attendee and red carpet photographer, having shot the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bill Murray, Mark Hamill, and more. Chris grew up in New Mexico, where he studied mass media writing while working in post-production and multimedia authoring. It is also where he discovered Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York, resulting in an unhealthy Kurt Russell obsession.


  1. I throughly enjoyed The Hobbit! It kept my attention so well that I didn’t even need to use the restroom during it! lol

  2. I too loved the movie. Unfortunately, my screening wasn’t in 48fps. Eagerly awaiting the second installment a year from now, and the third the following summer!

    1. Nice review writing “CG”. All I am saying is do not miss out from seeing this film and definitely see it in HFR 3D / 48fps format. Enjoy this Epic Adventure to the MAX this Holiday Season. HO ~ HO ~ HO 🙂

  3. Great review to set the stage without spoilers. I haven’t seem the film yet – can’t wait!

  4. Great review…almost gets me to go see it…almost. While I was a big fan of the “LOTR” films, this one simply isn’t doing it for me. 167 minutes sounds perfect in the comfort of my own theater where the movie pauses for restroom breaks. 🙂

  5. I agree with your review overall. I saw ‘The Hobbit’ and really enjoyed it!

  6. I wanted to see this so bad and now after reading this great review I know exactly what I must do tonight. What to do for date night has been solved.

  7. I agee that The Hobbit is a must see film, I truly enjoyed it. It was visually brilliant and I plan to teat myself to it again! It is amazing that these dwarves, wizard and a hobbit survived this first film with all that they were thrown into. I cannot wait to see the rest of their adventure!

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