The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is fantasy adventure director by Peter Jackson, starring a wonderful cast including Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman. The tale takes place in Middle Earth, many years before The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in a world of monsters and beasts, of gold and glory.
We start in the Shire with a young hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who meets a wizard whom forever changes his life. When the wizard, Gandalf, introduces Bilbo to a group of dwarves, the hobbit is convinced to leave his comforts of home to follow them on an epic quest led by Thorin Oakenshield to reclaim his treasures from a powerful dragon. Throughout their journey, the team battles with trolls, dances with starvation, and are saved by the mighty eagles of the sky, all in hopes that they will reach their destination in time to take back what rightfully belongs to them.
The sets were beautifully done. The grass, trees, and costumes were the result of plenty of practice from the previous three movies, no detail being ignored or neglected from the individual strands of glowing hair on the elven-people’s heads to the edge of the very same axe that Gloin would later pass down to his son Gimli. The lighting helped set the same dreary and mysterious tone that was also strong in the previous movies, showing that continuity is important to this director.
Acting is important, and this movie really lived up to my expectations. A very talented cast led to a very well done movie which seemed to draw the entire audience into Middle Earth. It felt as if we were in the movie, helping our friends find their way out of every bad situation, pulling them through every turmoil. Their emotions were passed to us through their words and their expressions. We had happy moments, we had sad moments, we even had moments that terrified us. This movie had it all.
Overall, this movie was excellent. It took a while to get to the action, but with a movie based on such an adventurous book, the set up was completely necessary. Some people don’t have the attention span for such a wait, but many would agree that it really set the tone for the rest of the film. There were a few liberties taken away from the book that I didn’t care for, but that is what made this movie its own. I give this movie a 9.5 out of 10, and if you are a LOTR fan, or a fan of fantasy adventures in general, I would highly recommend this film.