If you are looking for an extraordinary adventure, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the movie for you.
The first movie in a planned trilogy, “The Hobbit” follows the courageous Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on his first adventure out of the Shire. Serving as the prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, director Peter Jackson takes J.R.R. Tolkien’s words and lays them out in an incredible film worthy of the literary masterpiece.
When Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellen) shows up at Biblo’s hobbit hole, Bilbo is truly unaware of the unpredictable adventures that are ahead and the bravery he must find within. Along with the company of 13 dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf set out to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor. The kingdom has been conquered by the evil dragon Smaug, who is still withholding all of the plunder. While they are all on the treacherous journey, many thrilling adventures unfold within. One of the most remarkable include Bilbo finding of the One Ring in the depths of Gollum’s cave, unaware that it will change him forever. While many on the quest seem to question why Bilbo is accompanying them on the journey, he goes on to prove that no matter how small a person is, they can make a mighty impact.
The incredible visual effects in “The Hobbit” are absolutely breathtaking and stand alone as a reason to see the movie. Once again Peter Jackson and his team did an amazing job of making Middle Earth come alive for audiences to see. Also worth noting is the impressive job the cast did of capturing all the characters in raw and familiar form. After two and half hours, I was still anxiously awaiting to see what other adventures may lay ahead for Bilbo and the company.
The Verdict: Fans of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy absolutely must see this film. Even those who are not loyal fans can enjoy “The Hobbit” as told from the very beginning of it all. While it is easy to get lost in the Middle Earth language, that shouldn’t keep you away from “The Hobbit.” The movie reminds you that ordinary people, or hobbits, can be lead to do extraordinary things.
Opened: December 14, 2012
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Lee Pace