An Unexpected Journey: The Hobbit Review


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To say that The Hobbit was the most anticipated film of the year would be an understatement. To say it was the most anticipated film of the decade would be a little more accurate. Ever since Peter Jackson escorted us out of The Shire and on the road to Mordor, many fans of the films and of the Tolkein stories alike were begging for the day The Hobbit would be announced. True, there was the animated version from 1977, but gosh, it was pretty rough. I mean, look at it:

large_Bilbo_from_thehobbit_animated-3syitj8gBut we’ll forget that never happened.

If you don’t know the story of The Hobbit (have you been living under a rock for the last eleven years?), it’s essentially the story that sort of explains the history of Middle Earth and its various inhabitants. It also gives us the catalyst that sets the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy off, with Bilbo coming into possession of The Ring.

We’re introduced to Bilbo as a young hobbit who wants to just be a peaceful normal hobbit. Then Gandalf the Grey comes along and simultaneously ruins and saves Bilbo’s life. We’re introduced to the thirteen dwarves, with Thorin Oakenshield as their leader, who want to reclaim their kingdom from the dreaded Smaug the dragon. They all go off on an adventure, blah blah blah.

It’s nearly impossible to tell the story without having to take up an ungodly amount of space and giving so much of the best elements away. Just trust me, dear reader, and go out and see it.

Without giving much away, let me just say, OH HOLY BAT RINGS, BATMAN, it’s seriously amazing. Everything about it was flawless, from casting to scoring to writing choices to directing choices to effects. I saw it in 3D (which is something I very rarely do) and believe me when I say it was so worth the five dollar surcharge for 3D. Everything was so beautiful.

From a filmmaker’s standpoint, the idea that they shot it in 48 fps and displayed it at 36, I was a little hesitant but also excited. I wanted to see if they could seriously pull it off. OH, DID THEY. The slower, more static scenes looked a touch off, but all of the action scenes (it’s chock full of ’em) looked phenomenal. The tension was almost tangible when our merry band of adventurers were running away from the orcs and their wargs (really massive wolf things).

Everyone I know is going on and on about Kili (one of the dwarves) and how attractive he is, and I agree with them. Aidan Turner really is a nice piece of eye candy. But let me just say I truly love Bofur. He becomes Bilbo’s bro, and right when Bilbo needed one too. Radagast stole the show, because who doesn’t love a crazy wizard who guards animals?! Sylvester McCoy was absolutely great. Martin Freeman was an excellent choice for Bilbo. I had my doubts, because honestly the only thing I’ve ever seen him in is Sherlock, so I wasn’t entirely convinced he could carry a film as the lead. But I was quickly proven wrong from the first “Good morning” to Gandalf.

There’s so much I want to say about The Hobbit, but it would end up being *keyboard smash* ALL THE HOBBIT FEELS. You get both prequel and adaptation feels, and it’s just…SO GOOD GO SEE IT NOW. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Overall, the film is great. I’m willing to say the best big-budget film of 2012. From the casting to the actual final product, it’s truly incredible. And taking a chance with how we view films, while it was risky, it so paid off. Well done, Mr. Jackson. 10 out of 10 Rings.

Ley

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