The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Almost ten years ago, Peter Jackson gave us an exciting journey into the Middle Earth with The Lord of the Ring series. The books by J.R.R. Tolkien have been around for a long time. The movies introduced its world to the mainstream audience and took everyone by surprise. With grand storytelling and special effects that we’ve never seen before, this series became the next Star Wars. It was unknown, it was magical, it was downright creative. All three movies sit in my heart as my favorite. The Lord of The Rigs took fantasy films to a whole new level by showing what computer effects can really do. The walking trees and Gollum have never been more real then now.
The highly anticipated return to Middle Earth has finally arrived with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The Story takes place before Lord of the Rings, before Frodo’s discovery of the ring and the adventure that would change the tides of the land. The Hobbit was written before the latter series and was intended for children. The movie trailers revealed a more playful series that scared off many people that confused the simple fun for dumb jokes. Does the new series soar as high as the original movies?
Lets get into the story. Set about sixty years before the events in The Lord of The Rings, Frodo’s uncle Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) is a simple hobbit living in the Shire, with no desire for something new. He loves his hobbit hole and his little town. He feels like that he has everything he ever wanted. One day, Gandalf the Grey (played by Ian McKellen) visits his little hole and tells him that he’s seeking another person for an adventure. It’s not long before Bilbo is tricked into holding a big dinner for a band of dwarves.
This gang of Dwarves is looking to travel to the far land of their former homeland of the Lonely Mountain. Once the home to a great king, it has been taken over by a dragon named Smaug who is living in the treasure trove of the dwarves. Gandalf is seeking a fourteenth member of the company, a “burglar” to help them steal back the gold. Bilbo initially does not want to go, but changes his mind in the morning. Setting off on his first quest, he and the dwarves encounter dark nights, giant dumb trolls, an entire army of goblins and even the enemies that are responsible for the decline of the dwarf-kind.
The Hobbit has so many surprises and twists, that it’s hard to go into more detail about the story without spoiling it.
Martin Freeman is a welcome to the Middle Earth as Bilbo. Though slightly selfish and reluctant to change, he is always brave to face any problem and always wants to help, even if the other dwarves refuse. I did not know what to expect out of this main character, but Martin Freeman has given the character a perfect balance of worry and nobility.
To define how beautiful Middle Earth is like looking into heaven. The environments are lush and the size is massive. The movie is full of sweeping shots that show how large this land really is. Even the computerized images of the Misty Mountains and Rivendale look picturesque. In fact, much of the computer animation looks great. The goblins are the closest thing I will see to a real monster. The only problem I had were the wolves that went after the company. They never looked real. They looked more likely to come from a video game then anything. But aside from that, the movie marvels as a technical wonder.
I’ll give this four and a half gold pieces of the dwarves out of five. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may start out a little slow (it takes about forty minutes to get on with the journey), it pays off with an exciting, action packed battle. This looks like a good beginning to a promising prequel series.