Monday, 24 December 2012

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is undoubtedly one of the most hyped films of the year. Marking Peter Jackson's return to the series originally written by JRR Tolkien the film and its cast are strong contender for both Oscar and Bafta awards.

The main star of the film is Bilbo himself is played by the lovable Martin Freedman, who can't love his adorable bewildered face? And he was something which I particularly enjoyed about the film.

Obviously being an adaptation from a book into three separate films the story line is not necessary simple compared to other Hollywood films where the narrative tends to be a lot more straight forward. The essence of the film, as you would imagine from the title, is the journey both geographically and emotionally that Bilbo goes on with a group of dwarves and Gandalf to their people's old empire which they were forced out of by a dragon. 

Bilbo is initially not keen to be taken away from his home in the shire
Bilbo is recruited to help the dwarves as being a hobbit is a much more nimble on his feet than the dwarves and more able to find the secret entrances to their empire hidden within the large mountain.

Along the way there are obviously trials and a load of peril thrown in. The group are besieged by all manner of different creatures who all seem to have some kind of vendetta against the troop including various different groups of orcs, goblins and trolls. Not to mention the internal trails that Bilbo is facing as Thorin the heir to the thrown of the dwarf kingdom is particularly skeptical of the Hobbit's ability to help them in their quest.

At the end of the film we get to see Bilbo finally prove himself after a failed attempt at leaving the group to go back home Bilbo finally begins to relate to the dwarves lack of home, he then saves Thorin from a group of orcs and the equilibrium is set again to begin the next film in the series.

The film was obviously impressive in the areas you would have expected, as I said before I really liked Martin Freedman, the scenery in New Zealand is wonderful, and the monsters are genuinely grotesque.

However as the film drew to an end we were all definitely ready for the end. It lasts almost 3 hours and at the end there are numerous points where it feels likes the end but instead there is another drawn of scene of peril which we all know is an empty threat.

Have you seen the film as well and what did you think?

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  1. a great review, I agree on many counts :) especially the unnecessary length and drawn out peril. i am sad they got overindulgent and made it into three overlong films when the book could have been two really great ones

    1. Thanks Catherine. Yeah three really is quite excessive, not sure if I'll make it to see the other two.


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