“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” became quite an expected, and highly anticipated, movie. The “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) trilogy shook the world and became a sensation that wasn’t seen in a trilogy since the Star Wars trilogy thirty years before. Peter Jackson brought Middle Earth to us and made it real. He brought the books to life and colored them in cinematography like no one else could have ever done! But could “The Hobbit” compare?
One of the most fascinating things about the LOTR was its minimal use of computer generated graphics and when it was used it was done tastefully. It followed the book and it was told from a perspective of one that had a passion to make something that he loved, regardless of the outcome. It seemed that “The Hobbit” fell away from tasteful CG and was used a bit too much. Granted, the story calls for it, but there was a fine line between just enough and overkill and that line started to blur. The stories fell away from being an epic tale of adventure to a quest to make more money. Now Jackson is and will always be a highly respected director but the best films always push the limits and teeter on the brink of disaster but they don’t fall off that cliff. They keep their ground and tell an amazing story. “The Hobbit” so far has been kept in the safe zone. Jackson does add to the book and instead of having two movies as originally planned, there will be three Hobbit movies (motive: money or story?). And what will they be filled with when there isn’t enough book to fill three 2 ½ to 3 hour movies? Well that’s where Jackson will be creative and we are all interested to see how it will turn out.
Overall the movie was very good and sets the ground for a great story. Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) puts on a great performance and the believability between young Bilbo and older Bilbo is on point. Freeman did his homework for this part and it shows very well. Richard Armitage portrays Thorin and also perfectly fits into his role. He is a natural leader on screen and I think will do well in this movie. All of the dwarfs work together well seem to be clse-knit group that flows and works well together. The scenery is beautiful and the 3D High Definition quality you see it in alone is worth the movie ticket (it is New Zealand, after all). There is certainly the strong attention to detail and flow to the story that is expected of Jackson and I trust that this trilogy will win the hearts of millions of movie-goers just as the LOTR did and continues to do today. See “The Hobbit.” You won’t be disappointed!