The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Take a step outside of your door and enter a journey that takes you into the depths of middle-earth.  Join Bilbo Baggins and the rest of the group on an adventure – in Peter Jackson’s new film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

 The film demonstrates a brilliance that has only been revealed in Jackson’s previous Tolkien adaptations.  His ability to form an epic film out of a simple journey has captured the interest of audiences worldwide.  This latest installment in Tolkien’s story of middle earth has received mixed reviews.  For some, the length of the film was over whelming.  But for anyone who has read a book and followed it by watching the film adaptation, it’s not fun when parts are left out – hence why Jackson will use three films to cover the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

 The cast – some old and some new – delivered performances that exceeded expectations.  The film is constructed in a way that it appears to be a story told while the Fellowship of the Ring film takes place.  Jackson expands on Tolkien’s original story – The Hobbit – but does so in a way that only delivers more context to the story and its characters.

 Audiences are able to sympathize with Bilbo and the dwarves as their journey takes twists and turns.  The characters are developed through their interactions with each other and the way that Jackson has forced his characters to interact with audiences.  This includes the way they set the scenes.  Sure, we as viewers can see what’s on the screen, but Jackson involves the audience by creating descriptions and context within the roles and dialogue of his characters allowing the audience to gain understanding and involvement in the film.

 Jackson’s ability to develop such an epic film really puts the director in a class of his own.  As mentioned before, he is behind the classic Lord of the Rings trilogy and now opens the door to a new adventure for movie-goers.

 Even if you haven’t read the book – the film delivers such a great fill of information, entertainment, and action that it reaches audiences of all generations.

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and Christopher Lee

Rating: 9/10

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2 Responses to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

  1. Justin says:

    I give it a solid 8/10 if Return of the King was as close to a 10 as you can get. That being said, it likely isn’t fair for me to rate The Hobbit in comparison with LOTR simply because it is its own unique story. For some the addition of the appendix information and Gandalf’s back story will be tedious, however so far it has been handled with care and the usual Jackson brilliance. There a few continuity issues between the Bilbo and Gollum exchange bewteen the film and LOTR films, however it is forgivable, and that scene is by far the best moment within the movie. Trivia moment, that was the first scene they filmed, so that was Freeman’s first shot at Bilbo. Nailed it. For those going to see it the first hour feels like an hour, but it is necessary in the long run and the last two fly by. I think the Goblin King in the misty mountains may become Jackson’s Jar Jar Binks, thankfully he is dead. Richard Armitage as Thorin was brilliant. Ian McKellan was Ian Mckellan, no more needs to be said, great to see the grey beard back. Gandalf the white is awesome, but he’s more serious then Gandalf the Grey.

  2. Thank you Justin for that. I chose to focus a lot on Jackson’s directing, but you put it well. It can be long at times, however it does have the feel of an epic and does capture the most important points in the story of The Hobbit. All around great movie, in my opinion.

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