6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
If you’re a Star Wars fan looking for epic fantasy, look no further than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Released in 2012, this first part of The Hobbit trilogy served as a prequel to the critically-acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy.
If you’re looking for a new series to dive into, HBO Max currently has all three parts of The Hobbit trilogy and all three parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Fair warning if it’s not a can of worms you previously opened, as it would take over 18 hours to watch all six films in succession. That’s not the consumption method I’d recommend, but it’s certainly one you can tackle if you feel drawn to.
While most fans and critics agree that Lord of the Rings is the superior trilogy, that doesn’t make The Hobbit or its first installment, An Unexpected Journey, any less captivating or whimsical. The charm of The Hobbit is undeniable, and it’s another time fans can see the mastery of Andy Serkis at work.
Andy Serkis is a motion capture icon, and he joined the Star Wars universe by playing Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. However, it is Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where he plays the iconic Gollum, and his performance in this 2012 epic is still truly must-see, and Star Wars fans need go no further than HBO Max to enjoy it.