Rated PG-13 Extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
The first in a trilogy of films based on the enduring masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who--along with the wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield--is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands inhabited by Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer. Along the path, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise himself, he also gains possession of a "precious" ring tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth in ways he cannot begin to imagine.
Well, needless to say, as I am a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it's no surprise that I loved this. I had read the book beforehand, and loved it. A true classic, and it was done amazingly well as a film. Full of adventure and a few laughs along the way, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is sure to entertain. Not recommended for younger viewers, as it does contain frightening images.
Consensus: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is everything that any Lord of the Rings fan will love. It has the unmistakable feel of the other films, stays true to the story and has amazing visual effects and a masterpiece of a score.