Monday, January 21, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - (2013)


A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

Our Review:

Waited for this for quite sometime. I truly enjoyed watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy and there were no doubts in my mind at the time about the quality and entertainment value of The Hobbit.

The tone and feel of the Hobbit appears much brighter than the trilogy. The scenery is, of course, gorgeous. The acting is light-weight, fun, frolicky all while managing to remain faithful to the original story. Even nearing its exhausting two and a half hours, I was hoping the credits would not roll. It is a fascinating, exhilarating, and humorous  ride from start to end. Sure as hell not the same film as Lord of the Rings, however still epic in its title.

The acting was pitch-perfect, particularly from Martin freeman as Bilbo and Richard Armitage as Thorin. The battles were exciting and fast- paced. To my own surprise and relief, the 3D and 48fps played out quite nicely and failed to take away from the footage.

Bilbo's riddle battle with Gollum was presumably the most delightfully intense scene within the film. Now, please bear in mind that, just like the Lord of the Rings movies, this is simply the first of three films. the complete hobbit story is not told, Which means we spend more time in certain areas than we would have if the book had been filmed in one shot.

This one is worth checking out in the theater, you can always stream it if you prefer that route.

Our Rating:

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for leaving out the spoilers. I'm still waiting to see it (long story). Glad to hear that the 3D wasn't too distracting; I too was wishing they hadn't gone that route.