Movie review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey (2012)


I won’t write any more reviews for movies released last year that I have had only watched recently. But this is not the case for ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. It’s a ‘big’ film that pushes me to make an exception. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of the Hobbit trilogy planned by Peter Jackson that sets in the Middle-Earth sixty years before the events of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. This ‘Hobbit’ trilogy that acts as the prequel to the famous and successful ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy a decade ago would be expected to be something great, massive and phenomenal. And so I couldn’t miss it.

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The movie tells the tale of a hobbit, Bilbo Baggins who is convinced by the wizard, Gandalf to accompany thirteen dwarves on a quest across Middle-Earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug, the dragon. Looking from this plot, it appears that they need to face a mighty dragon to reclaim the mountain which is the home of the thirteen dwarves. But the dragon is not shown until the very last scene of the film and that only lasts about several seconds only. The main villain in this first part of the trilogy would be instead Azog, an Orc who had beheaded King Thror and is now hunting his son whom leads the thirteen dwarves in their adventure.

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The movie is taking almost three hours long. It took me two days to finish the movie because if I finished it all in one go, I would find myself boring and too uncomfortable to continue watching further. Yes, the story is there; it’s quite interesting added with my previous knowledge or familiarity over several characters and the background the story sets in. But the way it is carried out is being quite slow especially in the first quarter of the movie. But if it’s too rush, there would be lack of solid development to the characters and the storyline. So, in the end, I still think this movie is all right in three hours.

Well, it is quite expected that that group in adventure to reach the Lonely Mountain would face a lot of obstacles. They would stop by at some very beautiful or naturally challenging places. They would stumbles upon creatures like trolls, stone giants, goblins, etc. I thought those scenes would be very intense or thrilling. But in the end, I was slightly disappointed because the climax or level of excitement of those scenes are not that much. There is no ‘wow’ in those ‘clash’. In this first part of the trilogy, the ‘One Ring’ is also shown, being in the possession of Gollum and is taken by Baggins later on. The visual effects are quite impressive and it’s hard to judge since most very notable scenes are set in dark places or at night. The background score is good anyway.

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Yup. I finished the first part. I’m now looking forward to the second part; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug which is going to be released within this year before the finale of the trilogy; The Hobbit: There and Back Again on somewhere next year. Congratulation to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for grossing over 1 billion dollar in box office already. Very much expected. I think the second and the last part of the trilogy would even gross more. For this first part of the trilogy, I give a rating of 7.3 out of 10. For those who likes ‘The Lord of the Rings’, then this Hobbit’s first film would be highly recommended.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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