Filmpopper Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It’s back to Middle-earth we go in Peter Jackson’s most recent production in J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy world. However, rather than follow the epic journey to save the world we get to follow a whimsical quest by hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with a group of dwarves and a familiar wizard to help take back the dwarves home from the evil dragon Smaug.
If you have seen The Lord of the Rings series you will immediately recognize a few familiar faces but we are far more interested in the new faces. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in a trilogy that will chronicle the unlikely hero Bilbo Baggins as he discovers the One Ring and faces his own adventures.
So speaking about Bilbo Baggins I will have to say that Martin Freeman did an absolutely amazing job. His performance as Bilbo wowed me. Having read the books I was able to see the transformation that Bilbo undergoes from a slightly bumbling Hobbit to a competent burglar and adventurer and Freeman did this one perfectly. Most of the acting was amazing, Ian McKellen returned as the face of Gandalf and in four movies has yet to dissapoint. Richard Armitage also put on quite the show as Thorin, the dwarf leader.
One thing to keep in mind that I have seen other critics saying is the slightly goofy nature of the film. This needs to be kept in mind going into the movie. This isn’t the same epic tale from the Lord of the Rings. This a slightly more hilarious account of one Hobbit’s adventures. The movie isn’t meant to be as serious, and luckily Peter Jackson has realized this and taken the appropriate steps.
I loved the movie. I laughed out loud a lot which I was not expecting. Fans of Lord of the Rings should love it as well, and fans of the book will catch a lot of direct book references thrown right into the movie. Peter Jackson has yet to fail me when it comes to taking me to Middle-earth and I don’t think he ever intends to. I award The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey an A.