Cast Martin Freeman Richard Armitage James Nesbitt Aidan Turner Stephen Hunter Graham McTavish John Callen Mark Hadlow Elijah Wood Ian McKellen Andy Serkis Dean O'Gorman Lee Pace Evangeline Lilly Barry Humphries Luke Evans Billy Connolly
Directors Peter Jackson
Screenwriters Fran Walsh Philippa Boyens Peter Jackson Guillermo del Toro
Running Time 169 minutes
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Roads go ever, ever on…
Plot With the help of "meddling" wizard Gandalf (McKellen), Shire-dwelling hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) finds himself thrust into adventure, embarking on a quest with a small group of dwarves ("not 13 of the best or brightest") to reclaim their treasure and homeland from the dragon Smaug. Meanwhile, a malevolent presence returns to Middle-earth.
Verdict It may deal in part with a (literal) phantom menace, but this is thankfully not The Phantom Menace. The Hobbit plays younger and lighter than Fellowship and its follow-ups, but does right by the faithful and has a strength in Martin Freeman’s Bilbo that may yet see this trilogy measure up to the last one. There is treasure here.