Movie: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis
Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/Action
Language: English
Release Date: 13 December 2012
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Official Site: The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first part of a trilogy film based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel of the same name.

The two other parts, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is due for theatrical releases in December 13, 2013, while the third film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again is slated for July 18, 2014.

The story began with Bilbo Baggins on the day of his 111th birthday. This Hobbit has a story to share with his nephew, Frodo Baggins but has not gotten round to telling him everything there is to know about it. So, he decided to write it into a book, detailing an adventure of his that took place some 60 years ago...

He was just settling down for dinner one night, when a dwarf showed up at his door. One dwarf led to another, he soon found his home swarmed with 13 boisterous dwarves who cleaned up all the food in his home.

As it turns out, he has been hand-picked by non other than Gandalf the Gray, as the 14th member to join the dwarves in a mission; to reclaim their homeland at the foot of Lonely Mountain which was forcibly taken away from them by Smaug, a fire-breathing dragon.

Feeling quite contented with his simple life in the Shire, it takes much persuasion to convince Bilbo to sign on the contract as a member of this expedition because it seems that not even Gandalf himself could guarantee his safety.

But sign the contract he did as Bilbo ran after them when he found them gone from his home the next morning.

Thus, the very strange party made up of 13 dwarves, a wizard and one Hobbit began their perilous journey to Lonely Mountain. They were led by Thorin, the only heir to the Dwarf Kingdom.

Unbeknowst to them, the Orcs had been hot behind their trails waiting for the moment to exact revenge on Thorin who had maimed Azog, leader of the Orcs in an earlier battle.

Caught in the ambush, Gandalf led them to seek refuge at Rivendell, home of the Elves much to Thorin's dismay.

Back then when Smaug was attacking his kingdom, Thorin had seen the Elves turning their backs on his people instead of helping them which leads to this bitter resentment against them.

Therefore, Thorin and his fellow dwarves, including Bilbo, left Rivendell without Gandalf while he was still in talks with the White Council.

While passing through the Misty Mountains, they decided to spend the night in a cave but were captured by the goblins and taken to the goblin cave where the Goblin King wanted to turn them in to Azog who has placed a bounty on Thorin's head.

Unfortunately, Bilbo was separated from the dwarves when he and a goblin fell over in the cavern during a scuffle. When he regained consciousness, he found himself at a underground lake and just in time to see Gollum feeding on the goblin. It was here where Bilbo came into possession of a very mysterious ring that Gollum has dropped.

In his haste to get away from Gollum, Bilbo discovered the secret behind the ring when he accidentally put it on and turned invisible. Bilbo then trailed the hysterical Gollum to the exit of the cave.

Meanwhile, outnumbered by the goblins, death was almost certain for the dwarves if not for the timely arrival of Gandalf who lead everyone to fight their way out of the cave.

Bilbo ran into them in one of the many tunnels and followed them out but their reunion was shortlived as they were soon caught up by the Orcs hunting party who drove them to the edge of a cliff.

Upon Gandalf's instructions, everyone climbed up the trees to escape from the ferocious Wargs, a wolf-like creature that the Orcs rode on. However, the Wargs easily uprooted the trees which fell over the cliff one by one.

Just as the last remaining tree where everyone were clinging onto threatens to fall over, giant eagles appeared from the horizon and carried them to safety near Lonely Mountain where Smaug has awoken from his slumber...

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Misty Mountains