The Hobbit “An Unexpected Journey: (2012) Movie Review
Released : Dec. 14th, 2012
Reviewed : Dec. 19th, 2012
Genre : Fantasy / Adventure
Story (from IMDB) :
A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a “unexpected journey” to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.
This was easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year and to say it let me down even for one second would be lie. If anything it blew my already high expectations away.
Now this movie is very story driven with a lot of scenes being mainly dialog. The story itself though is just mind blowing almost. Throughout it you see flashbacks pertaining to certain events or characters which draw you in even more and help develop a back story. It is a epic adventure that you see start to unfold before your eyes with characters that from the moment they appear you already love. While The Hobbit may not have as much danger on the location of Middle Earth as LOTR did, we get in return a film with many loving and great characters.
They also are constantly showing characters from the Lord Of The Rings series and given hints and items that pertain to those series of movie so people that are knowledgeable in that subject will get a extra kick from it.
We can’t forget the Dwarfs though as memorable as they are. They give humor throughout and all show real emotion. You can tell at the beginning how doubtful some of them are but we progress you truly start to not only see but feel the emotions and confidence of them change. Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin take their roles and craft them to their own. They make the characters. You get to see Bilbo go from a scared hobbit almost who wants to just stay at his home to a hobbit who will put his life on the line for the sake of the group in which he has joined. Richard Armitage again truly owns his character and while he may be the tougher of the characters by the end of the film you truly start to see how he believes in everyone that he is with. Ian McKellen returns as Gandolf and just as he did in LOTR he amazes us yet again. McKellen just like most of the cast has made that character what is now and in this film you get to not only see his gentle more thoughtful side but also you occasionally see his humorous side. Now while a lot of the Dwarf’s in the clan show their own traits a lot go on with easily forgettable names. You really enjoy their company since they all have their own personality’s it is just that there are almost too many to keep track of. They do bring a lot to the table though. Andy Serkis’s Gollum also makes his return and it is more menacing and creepy then before. Now while that may also be based off the technology the character itself is humorous while also disturbing. His role is not forgettable is even the slightest.
At every turn though you find just stunning scenes filled with action, brim, emotion, and just a huge feeling of a great adventure based on how amazing the movie looks. This might be one of the greatest movies to show off how high end technology can really add to the atmosphere for a film. The landscapes are amazing and while even in Bilbo’s house the overall look of it is just something to sit there and take in. Just take a look at Rivendale or even the Goblin Kingdom and the detail given to those set pieces are more than what some movies have overall.
Now you can’t have a adventure movie without action and these pieces are done to a pure perfection. Every moment of action feels perfectly crafted and done for a reason. At no point is there a fight or a chase that isn’t displayed for a great importance to the story. Every fight shows specific characters strong traits and brings them together as a whole. You also get a chance during these pieces again to see the great effort that was put into the orcs, goblins, wolfs, and monsters in this movie. To pinpoint one specific action scene to be better than another in this film is a tough task but I feel like the entire Goblin Kingdom scene in this movie will stand out as one of the best of all time. It is just something that needs to be seen to be believed.
While there are some scenes in here that some will say drag on because of the heavy dialog you never do feel like the movie is taking too long. Clocking in at nearly 3 hours in length the movie almost breezes on. Thanks to crafty dialog you are constantly listening for any small reference or side comment that will only draw you into their world further.
I also have to note that I don’t remember the last time music has complemented a movie so far. The songs playing during the action scenes mix in perfectly while even something playing while the characters are talking just put you further into what is going on. The folk songs alone are just so good that it is almost hard to describe. I sat there during the credits just amazed at the Folk songs that were made just for this movie. It draws you in on a emotional level while listening to them.
They also let off at a perfect point to continue with the 2nd movie next year. Only bad part is now having to wait for the 2nd and 3rd part of this phenomenal movie.
If you haven’t seen this yet then go now. Even if you haven’t seen any of The Lord Of The Ring movies or aren’t a fan of them I still recommend this to the highest degree. This isn’t just a movie it is more of a experience watching it and something that everyone needs to witness in theaters.