In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities. A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. So what are my thoughts on the film? Well, come along and ride on a fantastic voyage to find out:
Overall, what did you think?
Stunning visuals, stellar computer graphic, and a return to The Shire for an epic journey like no other have me singing praises for The Hobbit and wanting more in the process. Without revealing too much, there are also a few Easter eggs in the film that are an ode to Gandolf’s previous adventures, and what will eventually lead up to The Lord of the Rings. After the film, the first thing I wanted to do after I watched this film was to dust off my main in World of Warcraft and embark on an epic journey of my own.
On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate this film?
4.5 out of 5!
Was the story clear?
Surely. Just to let you know, I haven’t had the chance yet to read The Hobbit book, but the movie travels at a slow enough pace for me to understand what’s going on. There are parts of the movie that “flashback” to individual characters’ origins that provide a good enough backstory. And If you’ve watched the Lord of the Rings, you’ll appreciate the story that develops leading up to that other epic journey.
Did you identify with any of the characters?
Indeed. Thorin II Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór, King Under the Mountain. His sense of duty, worth, and honor are very commendable traits that I find myself wondering if I will ever reach that point.
Did it remind you of any other film?
It didn’t really remind of any other film, even the Lord of the Rings, to my surprise. Although, it did remind me of World of Warcraft and Skyrim – two of my most favorite games right now. Both very epic, interactive journeys that I found myself spending way too many hours on.
Who would you recommend this film to?
Fans of epic fantasy who wish to embark on an unexpected journey filled with epic visuals and majestic scenery throughout. Even if its just for a little while…