The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
‘I’m going on an adventure!’
Peter Jackson returns as director in the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on the novel by J.R.R Tolkien.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is about a hobbit called Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who, along with his hobbit friends, to include the giant wizard Gandalf, quest to reclaim their lost dwarf kingdom, led by Thorin (Richard Armitage).
As a short term Lord of the Rings fan, I watched this in the hope that it had the potential to carry on safely into the Hobbit. Whenever I talk about Lord of The Rings, people always talk about the Hobbit.
It has that same fantasy element; being swept away to Middle Earth with the hobbit holes, the epic battles between the good and evil, the fantastic soundtrack, not forgetting some of the original cast members and characters such as Gandalf (Ian McKellan), Gollum (Andy Serkis), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and others, even a bit from Elijah Wood.
Martin Freeman wasn’t too bad as Bilbo, considering that I usually see him as Sherlock’s assistant or a strict primary school teacher. Some of the original cast were an added benefit, and of course Richard Armitage gazing like some sort of dreamy god, but I suppose he was meant to be the leader.
Apart from that, at times I wanted the film to end, and it did not have that same colour scheme that Lord of the Rings had; the colour was either very solid or very dark. Maybe I should watch the Hobbit with the intent of actually watching the Hobbit, not a copy of the Lord of a Rings, or watch LOTR expecting it to be brighter and shorter.
Anyway, excellent cast, still an outstanding soundtrack but it sometimes went a bit slow butbearing in mind that I have never read the Tolkien novels, it was definitely entertaining to watch.