The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey

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Peter Jackson directs the eagerly anticipated fantasy film based on the first six chapters of the novel by J.R. Tolkin titled, The Hobbit, an Unexpected Journey. The setting is middle earth and a Hobbit named Bilbo (Martin Freeman) receives a visit from a wizard named Gandolf (Ian McKellen). Gandolf brings along 13 dwarfs led by a warrior named Thorin (Richard Armitade) who ransack Bilbo’s house and eat all of his food. (I hate when that happens.) It seems Thorin is the heir to the dwarf kingdom of Arabor while Gandolf is assembling a team to rescue the Kingdom from the Dragon Smaug. (I never did figure out why they needed Bilbo on this quest.) On the way to the dwarf kingdom far, far away they meet giant spiders, shape shifters, sourcers, goblins and yes, a troll. At one point, Billbo leaves the group and has a chance encounter with a being named Gollum (Andy Serkis) who lives by an underground lake. Bilbo engages Gollum in a riddle contest and subsequently leaves with a magic ring which has an impact on the rest of the story. (Initially I was worried when I heard Gollum speak, I was afraid I was going to have to listen to another Jar Jar Binks) Since the film ends in the first third of the book the ending is the group continuing their adventure on to Arabor. It’s no secret that I’m not a big fantasy fan but I do love a good film of any genre. In any movie especially an almost 3 hour one it needs to keep the audience interested. This film looks great according to my wife but the story moves at a snails pace or whatever slow animal they have in Middle Earth. Peter Jackson tries to add some character development but who is going to remember the names of 13 dwarfs or anything about them. (I only know they’re short) Later in the film there is plenty of action but it is one battle scene after another without advancing the story. (Yes this is great for 12 year olds and adults who are kids at heart) The acting over all is good but the emotional scenes just don’t hit home like they did in Lord of the Rings. If I could see the 3D maybe I would have been impressed. The one thing that I really enjoyed was the music score by Howard Shore which blends perfectly with the story. Just to clarify, this is a well made film but it definitely isn’t the masterpiece people were expecting. I’m giving this first installment of the trilogy a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.