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Must-Watch Film | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Updated on October 11, 2014
A hobbit, a wizard, and dwarves, in a whole new quest - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
A hobbit, a wizard, and dwarves, in a whole new quest - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" | Source

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Review

*No Spoilers*

A new adventure. A new quest. A new surprise, as Peter Jackson returns to direct the prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", where the latest 'to-be' trilogy begins.

Keeping true to J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' book, we see Bilbo Baggins return, although looking a whole lot younger than he was in "The Lord of the Rings", as this story is set 50 years prior to the events which took place in "The Lord of the Rings" films. Alongside a group of dwarves whom seek to retake the 'Lonely Mountain', where their home lye's.

But, in order to take back the mountain, reclaiming their home, they must first rid an unwanted settler who slumbers inside of the enormous mountain. This settler is no ordinary settler, since it takes the fearsome form of a dragon, hence forth the reason why they were driven to leave the mountain in the first place.

This is a great story, bringing real promise for the film before even watching it, on top of the fact that it is directed by the same person, Peter Jackson, who directed "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, as-well-as a few other actors who return from "The Lord of the Rings", into "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", as their characters make a return for this film.

Then, by no surprise, the film wowed at every turn, having proven that it could entertain for more than 150 mins (2 hrs and a half) without feeling as though it is dragging on. Starting the trilogy off with a tremendous beginning to what will be one of the most epic journeys, film audiences have ever been taken on since the start of film-making in Hollywood.

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So, how did the film pace, from start-to-finish?

From the moment the film began, there was a sense of homeliness and warmth, in which we have become accustomed to whilst being taken through the life of a hobbit in the Shire. This is where the film begins, a little similar to how "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (first in the trilogy) began. Reminded of "The Lord of the Rings" films immediately, getting us back into the spirit of middle earth, this was a much-needed start in order to get the fans attention.

After being introduced to a kinder side to middle earth, the reality of the upcoming quest soon darkens the atmosphere, as this is no happy journey to be taken, but rather one filled with death, revenge and darkness. A well-done is in order for Peter Jackson for having brought back the 'feel', and by the feel, I mean the "Lord of the Rings" feel, which we all fell in love with, all those years ago when the trilogy was being released into cinema theatres.

The film quickly quickens in pace, taking little time before revealing hidden truths and pasts, giving more insight into what is to come later down the line, in the second and third "Hobbit" films. These hints and clues, make watching the film far more interesting, as we all feel the sudden urge to watch the sequel before having even finished watching the first film.

The battles are far between one another, having a slight affect on watching the film, as for some, the best part of the experience watching the film, is seeing the battles. Although, this film is purely setting the scene, explaining the story first and taking its time in doing so, as to keep audiences well-informed as to what is going on.

This, of course, making it understandable, as to why there are not more and bigger battles, since the storyline would be hard to follow if it was not explained properly. The film has not received the best reception for all, as you will find out if you read around, but this is based purely on the lack of battling, which isn't needed considering this film is nicely setting-up for the big battle to come.

More funny moments than we saw in "The Lord of the Rings", soon becoming obvious once moving through the duration of the film, as Bilbo finds himself in uncomfortable situations and the dwarves find themselves again, in uncomfortable situations, creating seemingly funny moments (at least, I find them funny).

Not that this kills the films dark mood, but certainly adds to the overall enjoyment which the film provides, offering more at the end of the day, for audiences to appreciate.

Golumn's back!

Yeah, that right guys. He's back! Although, this time Golumn feels far less scary, not that you'd want to bump into him in the dark, but certainly feels as though he's more innocent in this film. That may be completely different in others opinions, considering Golumn still suffers from his split-personality, offering both a good and evil side, but then again, that's the joy of Golumn.

Gandalf's back!

No surprise, I'm sure! Every middle earth set film needs Gandalf, since he is far too wise to be left out, not to mention, he was in 'The Hobbit' book. Only making it right that he would be in the film.

The action is plentiful, the excitement never ends and the evil is always lurking in the dark, so combined you have this very film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey".

Returning in "The Hobbit" is 'Gandalf' (the grey)
Returning in "The Hobbit" is 'Gandalf' (the grey) | Source

Adapted Well to the 2010's (Decade) Audience

The 2000's were a tricky decade for Hollywood, especially within fantasy and superhero films, since I'm sure we all remember Hulk (2003), Daredevil (2003), Catwoman (2004), Eragon (2006), and lots more, which looked like great films, but were dreadful. Luckily, most among us have learned to forget and move on, as thankfully now, the fantasy and superhero films are some of the best.

Although, not among the dreadful list of films for the 2000's, is "The Lord of the Rings" (trilogy - 2001-2003), having been such a great set of films, even today's films can't match up to it. Even though many have tried, and those many have failed.

Bringing us to "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", released in 2012, 11 years after the release of the original "The Lord of the Rings" film, making it the perfect time, as technology has brought forward the ability to do far more with films.

The 2010's audience, at least most, demand a realistic epic (in the fantasy genre) providing action, drama, love, and all-out war. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" aims to do all of these things, or at least the trilogy does, anyway. So, the first has done a damn good job in pleasing today's audience, living up to the expectations of today's audiences and "The Lord of the Rings" fans.

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Thank-God for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", like many fantasy films, has attempted to achieve the impossible, whereby creating the impossible. Many of which fail in doing so, although "The Hobbit" is not among this list, thankfully. As it is a most joyous film to partake in watching, alone, or with friends and family.

Like many, it was a pleasure to hear that the film studio which brought us "The Lord of the Rings" (trilogy), was going to be digging up an old flame, in order to produce a prequel for "The Lord of the Rings". Eventually, making the wise decision to hire Peter Jackson as the director, whose ability to put together a cracking fantasy epic is unmatched.

The end result is a work of art, bringing to life a story we all know of and love, "The Hobbit". It is worth watching, whether you're a fan of the book, or just like to watch a great film, influenced by one man's vision of a world that does not exist, being that of fantasy.

The beginning of an epic tail, alone not amounting to much, but as "The Hobbit" trilogy begins to form, this will be one trilogy, fans will be watching back-to-back.

Returning in "The Hobbit" is 'Bilbo Baggins' (except younger)
Returning in "The Hobbit" is 'Bilbo Baggins' (except younger) | Source

"The Hobbit" Trilogy (Films)

Hobbit Film Title
Box Office (Worldwide Gross)
Available on Netflix Instant (UK)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
$1,017,003,568 (billion)
Yes
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
$958,366,855 (million)
Yes
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (2014)
n/a
n/a

Middle Earth Returns, With a Whole New (Unexpected) Journey

It is strange to see all new faces, becoming the new characters which we must now get to know, since most of us still think of "The Lord of the Rings", even as we sit watching "The Hobbit" film.

Although, we do still have a few faces which we remember, the most important and well-known, being Gandalf (the grey).

It was a sad time when "The Lord of the Rings" ended back in 2003, so it is generally nice to see middle earth set film, as prequels are never a bad idea. It is the unexplained which tends to be hinted at during the original films, but never quite gone into depth over, making it a good idea to produce a prequel, explaining what was never explained.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Rating- 9.7/10

Summary...

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", the second in the must-watch series, having been a film which once I'd seen, I had to see again. It was just that good. A worthy prequel to "The Lord of the Rings", having been the perfect film to start "The Hobbit" trilogy.

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      Randy Ray 2 years ago from Texas

      Why are all the images "squashed"?

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      Dreammore 2 years ago from Great England

      I admit, I had trouble finding usable images for this hub, so sorry about the "squashed" images "goodmovies". Cheers for leaving a comment, always a delightful surprise.

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      Randy Ray 2 years ago from Texas

      You're welcome! I enjoyed reading the page. :)

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      Dreammore 2 years ago from Great England

      Thank-you goodmovies.

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      VJG 2 years ago from Texas

      My 11- year old son is obsessed with The Hobbit trilogy, which encouraged him to read the book. These movies, of course, turned him on to the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and he is now reading those books. Thanks for the Hubs. By the way, I believe that Five Armies has already surpassed $500 million.

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