Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.
|Release Date||:||November 26, 2012|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Fantasy, Action|
|Production Company||:||WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)|
|Production Countries||:||New Zealand, United States of America|
|Director||:||Peter Jackson, Victoria Sullivan|
|Writers||:||Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien, Warren Mahy|
|Casts||:||Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Sylvester McCoy, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Lee Pace, Conan Stevens, Bret McKenzie, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, Barry Humphries, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Mark Hadlow, John Callen, William Kircher, John Bell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dean O'Gorman, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, Stephen Hunter, Tim McLachlan, Terry Notary, Billy Connolly, Peter Hambleton|
|Plot Keywords||:||riddle, elves, dwarves, orcs, middle-earth (tolkien), hobbit, mountain, wizard, journey, ring, goblin, courage, giant, tunnel, underground lake, buried treasure, climbing a tree, invisibility, ancient, gnomes|
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey brings back the magic of Middle Earth, but I think it's unfortunate that it will experience the inevitable comparison to The Lord of the Rings trilogy -- because it's a very different kind of work, a different kind of tale, a different kind of atmosphere, a different kind of story progression with a different kind of flow. LOTR fans rushing in just to get another taste of the original films may be disappointed. There is certainly no less intensity, though the scale of the adventure is not quite as large. The change in moods between comical Dwarf mischief and dark, violent battles is a bit jarring. The soundtrack I am sad to say is rather familiar and wholly unimpressive. The pacing suffers some from Jackson's decision to spread the story into three parts; the movie seems to trace a disjoint set of drawn-out events along Bilbo's journey. They don't seem to be using human actors anymore for orcs/goblins, and it shows in some scenes where the CGI is spotty. And yet through it all, I never wanted it to end.
Even nearing its exhausting 2 and a half hours, I kept hoping the credits would never roll. It's a fascinating, exhilarating, and hilarious ride from start to finish. Not the same kind of film as LOTR, but epic in its own right. The acting was pitch-perfect, especially from Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Richard Armitage as Thorin. The battles were exciting and fast- paced. To my great surprise and relief, the 3D and 48fps played out quite nicely and did not detract from the footage. And my favorite part of course was Gollum's return to the screen. Bilbo's riddle battle with Gollum was possibly the most delightfully intense scene in the movie.
The theater was filled with "awwwwww's" when the credits hit, and so I'm sure every satisfied viewer will be back in their seats next year eagerly awaiting the second installment of The Hobbit. Congrats, Peter Jackson & Co. continue to dish out the best in the fantasy genre. 8.5/10