The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson, stars Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman and many other unknown actors that were awesome dwarves! Hands down, Peter Jackson is one heck of a director but to stretch a film out this far (almost 3 hours) seemed a little excessive. I'm a big fan and I still enjoyed the film immensely, but do we really need two films for this story?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ...a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
First and foremost, I have not read this amazing book. I know, I know but I haven't, and I haven't read the LOTR books either. I can see you shaking your head at me but, I'm going into these films as a fan of the movies and the world that's created so beautifully. The stories are so majestic and wonderful that I want to leap right in to Middle-earth and start walking around the Shire. [Knock on door] Wait, what's that Kalpar? [Grumbles about my fact checking, and WWI] Three movies you say? Oh man, I don't know how I feel about that!
So, now we are going to have three films of the dwarves setting out to get their kingdom back from the big nasty dragon who has taken over and is napping in all their hard-earned gold. Dragons. *shrug* What'ya gonna do? Apparently these wee mighty men think they can take the mountain back, and off they go on an adventure!
The first half of the film is very slow paced, and while you know it's all the build up of the brilliant things to come, it's still slow. When the action picks up it's an awesome, epic battle and against all odds you'll be cheering for the good guys nonstop. Quirky characters keep things interesting, but you do start to wonder just how many obstacles can get thrown in the path of one group. Costumes and set designs keep everything rolling along all to the backdrop of some beautiful mountains and forest lands.
This is a high scale fantasy for folks that love the art of film and the lore of Lord of the Rings to the fullest. There are wild beasts and crazy Orcs out killing and causing a ruckus, trolls that love to roast some flesh on the barby, and gigantic eagles that will take your breath away.
The vivid backdrop to the whole world is what really sells this story for me, along with the underdog making a come back and beating the odds! I enjoy it, and always will. For some, this film will be like welcoming an old friend back home that you've missed. For others I can see this being boring and not worth the time. There is a lot to like here, if you're willing to give it a try.
I love the elves and my boy Gollum so for me, watching the whole film just to get more crazy two way convos and sexy elf action is well worth it!
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