A wonderful welcome back to middle earth! After 10 years and almost crippling anticipation Peter Jackson delivers a truly exciting adventure in the first chapter of this new trilogy. I won’t lie. It started slow. And I was worried the bar that was set so high with the original trilogy may have had my expectations unrealistic. But the last hour of the film was fantastic and truly delivered. The iconic scene between Bilbo and Gollum is worth the price of admission alone! Martin Freeman in the title role deserves a mention with his wonderful performance, and of course the always underrated king of motion capture performances, Andy Serkis as Gollum. If this chapter is any indication for what’s to come, then I am extremely exited to share in the adventure!