Film Review: “The Hobbit” (An Unexpected Journey)

Film: The Hobbit” (An Unexpected Journey)

Review: Peter Jackson is the man! I had the pleasure to attend an advance screening of the highly anticipated movie “The Hobbit  – An Unexpected Journey”. I waited in line for 2 hours and it was well worth it. I saw the movie in 3D, which was an added bonus. The movie was phenomenal not only in storytelling but also in art direction. The CGI(computer-generated imagery) was in full force. One of my favorite scenes is when Thorin (dwarf king) fights the leader of the Orcs. There’s blazing fire, fallen trees, with slow motion running…its brilliant. It’s action packed from start to finish! There are hobbits, dwarves, trolls, goblins, elves, wizards, and orcs – I’m forgetting anyone. All the important elements and components to create an EPIC fantasy-adventure film where in this movie. I must say it was such a delight to view the movie in a theater with true fans of J.R.R Tolkein books and Peter Jackson’s iconic filming making. The audience erupted in applause when the opening credits and title grazed the screen. In the beginning of the film you get this sense of ultimate peace and tranquility where Bilbo Baggins the hobbit resides. The colors of the green lush fields and wild flowers are so vivid. The film was shot in beautiful New Zealand. It was a brilliant constant to the stark, dark, and cold forest scenes which was the majority of their journey. The premise of this film revolves around the dwarves making their way back home to “The Blue mountain” (the last of the Dwarves kingdom). The dwarves lost their home to the evil and vicious – Smaug, a gold loving dragon. Smaug takes over the dwarves castle, occupying their fortune and home, forcing them to take refugee in a near by land. Years pass and the Drawves want to reclaim they’re home and fortune. In order for them to take back their kingdom they must destroy Smaug. The only problem is defeating the dragon. Dragons can detect the scent of drawers but not hobbits and that’s where Baggins comes in. Baggins will join the expedition as the honorary burglary and assist with the dwarves reclaiming their rightful inhertiance.

Gollum was my favorite. He was quite hilarious, when he wasn’t being creepy. For some odd reason I was freaked out by Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” but in “The Hobbit” I found him to be endearing….go figure. Thorin (the drawf  king) played by Richard Armitage was Ah-mazing! I’m a little basis since he also played John Thornton in “North and South” – one of my favorite BBC miniseries.

In my humble opinion, “The Hobbit” is definitely this years BEST action packed movie! It was 3 hours long and I actually want to see it again. Rumor has it that it took director Peter Jackson 10 years to finish these film. I can’t wait for the next one which is slated for 2013 – “The Hobbit – The Desolation of  Smaug.” Followed by the final and third installment to be released in 2014 – “The Hobbit (There Back Again).”  Yes! Two more years of “hobbit awesomeness!”

Best Line in the Movie: “I’m looking for someone to take an adventure with” – Grandalf