Film Review: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman

Directed by: Peter Jackson

So yesterday afternoon, I finally went and saw, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. I was meaning to post this review yesterday, but didn’t feel like posting in the blog at all yesterday evening. Here is my review:

Plot/synopsis: A young Bilbo Baggins, goes on an adventure with Gandalf, and a group of thirteen dwarves, led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. They are on a quest to reclaim the home they once had, the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, from the evil dragon, Smaug. Along the way, they will have to survive their adventure into the Wild, swarming with Goblins, Orcs, deadly warqs, giant spiders, and more dangerous creatures.

I’ll be completely honest with you. At first, I was a little skeptical of the people behind the LOTR franchise, adapting, “The Hobbit”, to the big screen. I kept thinking it was going to be a typical Lord of the Rings movie, similar to the original trilogy. Surprisingly enough, the film was a little different. Sure, “The Hobbit”, had similar filming styles like the original trilogy. There will be a few characters that will return, but a totally different plot, and storyline. I may have read the book, to “The Hobbit”, years ago when I was a child, maybe. I haven’t read the book in a long time. Maybe I should.

Even though the film was at least 3 hrs long, the film didn’t feel like it was 3 hrs. at all. The pacing of the movie was pretty quick. The film had a great script and the movie was just entertaining throughout. I wasn’t bored a bit, and didn’t feel like the film dragged on at all. The film also has a less darker tone than the original trilogy, as “The Hobbit” was more family friendly. That’s probably because, “The Hobbit” novel was more of a children’s book, I believe?

Martin Freeman, made a perfect young Bilbo. I couldn’t ask for a better actor. It was also cool to see some of the characters return from the original trilogy. Pretty much everyone was there. Even Elijah Wood had a cameo as Frodo, in the beginning of the movie. I think Peter Jackson created a masterpiece here, and it looks like, “The Hobbit” trilogy, will be better than the original trilogy. I wouldn’t quite say, “The Hobbit – Part 1”, was the best of the franchise ’cause there are two more movies ahead. Peter Jackson, should be the only film maker to make movies based on books ’cause he really is the best at it.

I thought “The Hobbit” was phenomenal. Yes, the movie was action packed, and it was a blast to watch. This is definitely one of the best movies of this year. It was definitely awesome. Go check it out if you’re an LOTR fan.

Score for “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” = **** (4 stars as in “excellent”)


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