My Review- The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

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Must See Movie! Sure to become a Classic!

Director Peter Jackson has once again risen to the task of converting J.R.R. Tolkein’s classic novel, THE HOBBIT into a cinematic epic in this first installment of 3 spectacular movies sure to become a timeless addition to the already iconic “Lord of the Rings Trilogy” which began in 2001. Returning briefly in his role as Frodo Baggins at the beginning of the movie for the sake of continuity is the ever youthful Elijah Wood as the young nephew of the centerpiece of “The Hobbit” series, Bilbo Baggins, portrayed in his elder years by Ian Holm who also was Bilbo in “The Lord of the Rings”.

“The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey” picks up the story just prior to the beginning of “The Fellowship of the Ring” with Bilbo beginning to write his memoirs of his journey. Frodo goes off to greet the arriving Gandalf the Great to celebrate the 111th birthday of Bilbo, as he did at the beginning of “The Lord of the Rings”. But then the timeline flashes back through Bilbo’s memories to an earlier time when he was a younger Hobbit and Gandalf came to visit, and consequently tricked Bilbo into hosting a party in his Hobbit hole home for the band of dwarves who are preparing to begin a quest to retake their homeland after being defeated and driven out by Smaug, the great dragon. After wondering homeless for a hundred years the band of dwarves are ready to return to their homeland and reclaim it.

Travelogue for New Zealand.

Travelogue for New Zealand.

What follows is a beautiful cinematic production but in my humble opinion, it could have been shortened by 25 minutes by eliminating the travelogue for New Zealand which amounts to about 20 minutes too much of the group endlessly walking across mountain tops and valleys, over and over and over…. OK! We get it! They’re on a JOURNEY!!! Enough already!

Another scene sequence which seemed to go on and on and on forever is a scene where the band of dwarves are attacking and escaping the goblins after almost being eaten by them until Gandalf shows up to save the day. CLICK HERE TO SEE A SHORT CLIP I felt all in all, the movie could have been 25 minutes shorter if just those two suggestions had been left on the cutting room floor. But other than the exhausting length of the movie, it is true to Tolkein’s original manuscript, especially the encounter between Bilbo Baggins and the creature Gollum, masterfully portrayed once again by Andy Serkis, which results in Bilbo coming in possession of THE RING, which becomes so important in the following films.

Fans of the original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy will be elated to see the imagery from J.R.R. Tolkein’s mystical world of Middle Earth on the big screen once more, and will leave the theater chomping at the bit for parts 2 and 3 which were filmed all at the same time as “An Unexpected Journey” but we have to wait until December of 2013 for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and until Summer of 2014 for “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”.

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About Carlin

Opinionated Computer Technician, former Pastry Chef, Realtor, and jack of many trades- master of a few. Avid movie goer who attends advance screenings to give his opinion on upcoming movies. Happily divorced father of two daughters and grandson. A small town guy living in the big city of New York.
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