Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joins Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of dwarves on a treacherous quest to a distant mountain in this epic fantasy adventure adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel by the creative forces behind the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Peter Jackson directs a screenplay he co-penned with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, and Elijah Wood co-star.
“Gollum is back in all his scrofulous glory, and several set pieces fill the screen with a wealth of detail that would have left Tolkien reeling in astonishment.” (Wall Street Journal)
“At its best, it recaptures the RINGS movies’ breadth, detail, and staggering sense of beauty. Jackson retains the sense of an entire world created on a vast scope for a film.” (A.V. Club)
“Freeman’s the all-too-human face of Jackson’s gargantuan vision, his performance indicating that the emotional stakes will keep pace with the ramped-up challenges ahead…” (Total Film)
“It’s a far more humorous fantasy than RINGS, seeing absurdity in grandeur and vice versa.” (Sight and Sound)