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Rated PG-13 · 169 minutes · 2012

Adventure, Fantasy
If we had caught this at age ten or eleven, it would have been the greatest movie we had ever seen in our lives. But only a slice of the putative audience for Peter Jackson’s prequel to Lord of the Rings actually fits into that pre-teen category, so we’re forced to admit that is merely the most spectacular movie fantasy of 2012. With help from maestro Guillermo del Toro and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Jackson weaves the marvelous tale of the eponymous, diminutive Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), the wizardly Gandalf (Ian McKellen), a band of combative dwarves, and their quest into the land of fearsome creatures. At the heart of it, Andy Serkis reprises his indelible role as the repulsive/attractive Gollum, the “precious” true star of this splendid trip into unbridled imagination. All that wonderment is tempered a bit, of course, when we realize that Parts Two and Three are already lined up for production. So the journey never really ends. Maybe that’s the point after all. Also with Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Armitage, and Barry Humphries. (169 min.)
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Director: Peter Jackson
Producer: Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis and Sylvester McCoy



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