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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)


Martin Freeman
Ian Mckellen
Richard Armitage
James Nesbitt

Directed by Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit has been a source of talk as many looked forward to going back to The Lord of the Rings realm (Middle Earth). Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit which happens to be one book, Peter Jackson is going to take one book and turn it into a trilogy, this movie alone seemed a little too long, and there was a time when I actually got tired, so I do hope the others are not going to follow suit.

This movie reminds me more of the fellowship of the ring, first there is the gathering of the people that are going on the “Journey” then there is the long wait while others in the various realms are briefed of the “Journey”, then there is the journey itself, although the Journey differs from the quest of Frodo and Sam but we are being briefed with the incidents that led to what in the “Fellowship of the Ring.”

Many after watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy went to go read the book, and like me, many discovered that there was a journey before The Lord of the Rings. How Bilbo came about the Ring and how insignificant it was in the book The Hobbits only to become overly significant in the remaining three books of The Lord of the Rings.

As a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogyit does have many of the old cast from the trilogy showing up, we get to see Old Bilbo, Frodo, Elrond, Gollum, Saruman the White and Galadriel, all this were played by the same cast from the old Trilogy.

Set sixty years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, this is a tale about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is asked to go on an adventure by a wizard, Gandalf the grey (Ian McKellen). The adventure will be one in which he will accompany thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon.

The thing about our return to Middle Earth is the scenery, the CGI is just too beautiful to overlook, the cinematography was just one thing, the blend between the characters and the scenery is another, this movie is a sight for sore eyes. You can tell right away that this is going to be a huge financial success.

Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, playing Young Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey respectively are the characters to watch out for in this flick. Then there is the point when all the boring talk and all the waiting brings you to, the battle between the Dwarves and Gandalf vs the Goblins, that is where you will see CGI at its best, the Great Goblin was so ugly that seeing him alone can cause an heart attack. The battle to get away from the Goblin is one that will make you respect the visual art and effects that are put into these movies.

My general consensus is; this is a good movie, a little too long though, but it is good to watch.


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