The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

{3.5/5} “Home is now behind you. The world is ahead.”

Gandalf the wizard invites Bilbo the hobbit on an adventure. At first Bilbo doesn’t want to go — he’s happy where he is, safe in the Shire with his books. But a group of dwarves are planning to retake their home, Erebor — the catch is it’s guarded by a dragon, Smaug, who’s very fond of all the gold there. Thorin, one of the dwarves, is the rightful ruler of Erebor. There are also dangers on the way there. Including an orc leader whose arm Thorin cut off in battle long ago — and who killed Thorin’s grandfather.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, released in 2012

I saw it in 3D and in 24 frames per second (I do have some interest in seeing a movie in 48 frames per second to see what it’s like).

It’s visually stunning from start to finish. This might be the second-best use of 3D in a movie (after Avatar) — of course, I haven’t seen every 3D movie.

The music is by Howard Shore (Hugo), who wrote the music for all 3 Lord of the Rings movies. The music is amazing — it references the music from The Lord of the Rings but also goes off in its own direction.

The story didn’t grab me as much as I expected it to. There are certainly some great scenes — my favourite is the scene with Gollum. The parts that are supposed to be funny are usually only mildly amusing. There were too many times where something happened at the last minute or was wildly unlikely.

I had high expectations for this movie because the 3 Lord of the Rings movies are some of my favourite fantasy movies. Although it didn’t meet my expectations it was certainly worth watching, and I will be back for the sequels.

The movie (and its two sequels to come) are based on the novel The Hobbit (as well as other material) by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read the book too long ago to compare it to the movie — I will read it again sometime.

Martin Freeman (the TV show Sherlock) plays Bilbo and Richard Armitage (the TV show Robin Hood) plays Thorin. Ken Stott (One Day) plays Balin. Barry Humphries (Mary and Max) provides the voice of the Great Goblin, a great character. Ian McKellen (X2: X-Men United) plays Gandalf and Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) plays Gollum, both reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings. A few others from The Lord of the Rings show up in brief scenes.

The movie was directed by Peter Jackson (The Frighteners), who directed all 3 Lord of the Rings movies.

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