Thursday, January 3, 2013

Movie Review-The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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):

Galadriel: Why the Hafling?

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.


GABY said...

I didn't realize Bilbo was Martin Freeman! o.o

Well I'm not a fan of the trilogy, I never read the books and just watched the first movie and got kind of bored. I watched the Hobbit but it so enjoyable! It was long too but as you said, more action. I really liked it :D

Mari Reads said...

I am a huge fan of the books and the LOTR trilogy movies. I was a little disappointed to hear they were going to stretch The Hobbit into three movies. I think the story could have been told in one (or two) movies sufficiently. I saw the movie in 3d with the higher speed camera and wasn't a fan. Really want to see it again at normal speed, no 3d and see if that helps me to enjoy it.

Leanne said...

I haven't seen The Hobbit yet (mostly because of the mixed opinions from friends and family) but I saw the Lord of the Rings trilogy and thought it was phenomenal. :) Yet, like you, I couldn't slog through the uninteresting and slow-paced LotR books, although I plan to give The Hobbit a shot one day.

Brilliant movie review!

Eileen said...

OMG yay I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I haven't seen The Lord of the Rings before, mainly because some of the characters creep me out BIG TIME, but I should probably watch it soon, because it does look really action-packed and good for fans of Harry potter :D

The Teen Book Guru said...

Great review, Mag! I'm a HUGE LOTR fan, I've seen all the movies, read all the books, countlessly googled all the characters and quotes... yup, I'm pretty hardcore. :P I LOVELOVELOVE that quote you included at the end of your review, it's so amazing and true and I LOVE Gandalf, I'm so happy him and Frodo returned. Lovely review!

Candace said...

I love that quote!
I have been dying to see this! We had plans to go but our sitter got sick so we couldn't go but hopefully soon! You just renewed my excitement!

Erika said...

Have you read the book, as well? Do you like it?

I am contemplating reading the book, but I'm not sure if I would enjoy it or not. I'm a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. Thoughts? Do you think I should check the book out? :D

Brandi Kosiner said...

I too don't love on the same level as HP, but I did enjoy the others.
Happy reading and watching,
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I want to eventually see this, my 5th grade teacher read it to my class so I'd love to see the story come to life.

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bermudaonion said...

My son and nephew went to see this one and really enjoyed it too. My son did tell me that he didn't think I'd like it. :/

Aylee said...

Loooved this so much! It was long definitely, but as you say, they made a lot out of the story to make sure every minute was interesting. I'm not sure that you need to see it in 3D, but I did quite like the amount of detail! Well, for the most part - I'm not sure I needed to see in that mount of detail ever single pustule on the Goblin King's face - YUK! haha. But the scenery and set design were beautiful as they ever were, so it was cool to see it with as high amount of precision as possible.

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Anyway, glad you enjoyed the film. We went to see it last week and I really liked it as did Husband dearest though as someone who knows the story inside out he thought several liberties had been taken. Looking forward to the other instalments, I do worry they might stray from the story too much as for a relatively short book 3 almost 3 hour films seems a lot.

L-Diggitty said...

I liked it too! It's so funny, though... I didn't realize that they were splitting it up into 3 parts, so 3 hours in I was thinking to myself: "Holy crap, they haven't even made it to Mirkwood yet!" Then the movie ended and I had about 30 seconds of confusion before someone explained to me... shwoops!