REVIEW: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome 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. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. 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 of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities.

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The plot in the book is phenomenal, however at the moment I am unsure what my feelings are about Peter Jackson trying to spit a 309 page book into three films, is it to insure he gets every spec of detail in? We’ll have to wait and see! The plot is full of heart warming adventure and plenty of action; one of the most notable scenes is the battle of Erebor. The plot gets 5/5 from me!

Without a doubt Martin Freeman was the right man for the job! His portrayal of ‘Young Bilbo’ was brilliant, he brought humour and pure emotion to the role and is well nearly as short as a hobbit… who could tell the difference? The entire dwarf class played a brilliant part in the movie filling the film with joy and laughter, they weren’t too bad in battle either… for dwarfs. Although there are many new characters we haven’t seen previously in Peter Jackson adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s novels we do see the likes of Gandalf (Ian McKellan), Elrond (Hugo Weaving), Saruman (Christopher Lee) and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett)  return to our screens to assist our favourite hobbit along his unexpected journey.

“I know you doubt me – I know you always have. You’re right, I often think of Bag End. I miss my books and my armchair and my garden. See that’s where I belong. That’s home. That’s why I came back. You don’t have one – a home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.” –Bilbo Baggins: The Hobbit

Over and over and over and over a million times over! Well worth the watch!

Again there was much speculation over The Hobbit being shot and shown in 3D, and also the fact that is was originally recorded for 48HFR (High Frame Rate). It was the first Lord of the Rings films to be in 3D… and can I say they made the right decision filming it in 3D and HFR. The visuals of the movie were stunning; I couldn’t take my eyes of the screen especially the moment that they stumble upon Rivendell. The HFR produces faster frames and made the picture so much clearer than your average film, it won’t be long before other films follow in its footsteps. One word… STUNNING.

Overall Rating: 5/5

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