More than a decade after filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson picks up author J.R. Tolkien's prequel, "The Hobbit" and starts the world on a new journey through Middle Earth.
As a two-parter (released in 2012 and then a year later in 2013), The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic 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 know.
Three reasons to watch it
- Middle Earth in 3D!
- Gollum's back.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.
Did you know?
Director Peter Jackson is filming in 48 frames-per-second instead of the long-time industry format of 24fps. After Jackson showed a 10-minute clip to fans and media, critics were shocked at the look, calling it a "soap opera" effect. Jackson was unapologetic, saying it takes time to get used to the new look and said after 10 minutes, audiences will get used to it and will demand seeing more films in 48fps.