Movie review by Lauren
IMDB Summary: A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.
Review: I'm not a fan of The Lord of the Rings in the same way I'm a fan of Harry Potter. For HP, I read all the books and saw all the movies. For The Lord of the Rings, I've seen the entire trilogy by Peter Jackson but was never able to read the entirety of the first book (and therefore, I did not continue). However, I knew I wanted to see The Hobbit because I did like the films and I've actually read this one (albeit awhile ago so I didn't remember much). As the release date grew closer, I became even more excited for another reason. Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. I am a newly cemented fan of Martin Freeman (Sherlock is phenomenal) and once I realized that Freeman would be Bilbo, I was set.
There really isn't a whole lot to say about the film except that I highly enjoyed it. Yes, it's long, like all other LOTR films, but it was almost always action-packed. I also think that Freeman did a fantastic job as Bilbo; he was definitely a good choice. He is believable as this hobbit thrown into one adventure after another, but learning to grasp the meaning of life and the value of true friendships. As he states in the film, he would have doubted himself too, but he proves quite an advantage to have around.
Obviously, more than Freeman did a great job. It was a wonderful cast of characters and I loved seeing some of the same actors from the LOTR trilogy like Gandalf and even Frodo Baggins in the beginning.
I did not see this movie in 3D but I kind of wish I could now. I'm not sure if I'll get the chance, even if I do see this one again in theaters. At any rate, non-3D is still quite enjoyable!
And now, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the film (taken from IMDB):
Gandalf: Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? That's because I am afraid and he gives me courage.