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Der Hobbit: Eine unerwartete Reise (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
U.S.A./New Zealand 2012

Opening 13 Dec 2012

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Writing credits: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien
Principal actors: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish

The Hobbit is the book that is the predecessor to The Lord of the Rings. It explains how Bilbo gets the ring and why there aren’t so many dwarfs left. In the movie The Hobbit, young Bilbo Baggins starts a unexpected adventure with Gandalf. They need to defeat a dragon which took the dwarfs’ fortress. Fourteen dwarfs, Gandalf, and Bilbo Baggins, head off to the dragon. But there are many difficulties like the Azok, Orks, and Trolls. When they flee from the Worgs from Azok, they take a pass which leads them to the Elves. They go on and are inside a mountain, which is where Bilbo gets lost but finds the ring. Gollum doesn’t know that he has found it but they begin to play games. In the meantime the Prince of the dwarfs and his people get captured from the Moria Orks. Gandalf saves them with a magic spell. And they need to fight their way out. Gollum and Bilbo are still playing a game. If Bilbo wins, Gollum has to show him the way out of the cave, but if Gollum wins, he is allowed to eat Bilbo! Bilbo wins but in the end has to trick Gollum into showing him the way out. After the party is together again, they meet Azok and his pack of Orks! They fight until they have to flee along a tree that almost fell down into the river. Galadriel sends the eagles to rescue the dwarfs Bilbo and Gandalf. They bring them right in front of the dwarf fortress. On the end you see a bird that nooks on a mountain and then you see in the middle of a lot of gold, the dragon eye opening!

My feeling about the film is that it was great because it was very well fitted with the book The Hobbit. The fantasy was very well created. The only part I would do differently is the beginning with the narration. It should be shorter. (Adrian Schoeneshoefer)

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