FILM REVIEW: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Stars: Sir Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Rich Armitage
So 11 years have passed since the epic conclusion to the Lord Of The Rings series and finally the much talked about release of The Hobbit has finally been released to the world.
Despite the stunning visuals on the first three films being quite breathtaking this film has still managed to raise the bar and set new standards aided with the new technology of 3D and the high frame rate format.
After a sterling performance by Elijah Wood in the original series finding and choosing another actor to play the leading hobbit must have seemed a massive task. So when Martin Freeman was selected to take the up the reigns as the younger Bilbo Baggins it caused a few raised eyebrows. How wrong they were to question the selection, the ‘Sherlock’ actor seems to fit the role perfectly and you can see why Peter Jackson went through the pain of working through his busy schedule. On paper some of the casting choices for the 13 Dwarves may also have seemed a tad strange with actors such as James Nesbitt (Bofur) and Richard Armitage (Thorin) picking up roles but with the help of the returning Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) it all seems to fall into place.
There are so many scenes in this film that are truly brilliant from the stunning opening scene when the Dragon takes control of The Lonely Mountain (Erebor) the Dwarven kingdom to the escape from the clutches of the Goblins of the Misty Mountains. While at the same time we are treated to a quite brilliantly acted scene with Martin Freeman (Bilbo) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) fighting it out for ownership of the ring, which will captivate the minds of everybody in the following series of films. It is quite unreal to think that this is only 1 third of the book with so much happening and still so much left to happen.
Despite having a slow start, the film really does really start to pick up pace and grips you more and more after each action scene so there isn’t really any surprise that it’s a long film ending after a grand total of 169 minutes. The film was more than a success at the box office grossing over $1 billion and it’s easy to see why, thoroughly enjoyable and sets you up for the next instalment which is due out later this year.
Watch the trailer for The Hobbit below: