Sound Off: Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
by Alex Billington
December 14, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Bilbo Baggins, I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure… " It begins! In theaters everywhere is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first movie in Peter Jackson's trilogy adapting the J.R.R. Tolkien classic novel The Hobbit. Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo, who gets whisked away on an adventure with the Company of Dwarves lead by Thorin Oakenshield, played by Richard Armitage, plus Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen. So how is the first movie? As good as Fellowship of the Ring, or not? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on the first Hobbit.
To fuel these goblin fires, An Unexpected Journey (seen twice so far in 48FPS 3D) is a wondrous, massively entertaining fantasy epic. It's a gigantic, fun kids movie, completely realized as a trilogy with nothing but the finest cinematic adornments to fill up extra space. I initially praised and have fallen under the spell of 48FPS HFR after seeing The Hobbit for a second time, and I'm curious to hear how audiences respond. As for the movie, it does take a while to get going at first, the introductions in The Shire take forever… Lots of singing and dancing, then finally into some action. The rock monsters are completely awesome, one of the best parts (especially in HFR). I also really loved the final flaming tree showdown, especially when Thorin walks in and takes on the white orc. Lots of badass moments, some great action, an enjoyable story overall.
Here's the thing - I completely understand that this is just setting up a trilogy. We're seeing 1/3 of the full story, only 1/3 of the full character arcs of most of these people. Some of the best moments come near the end of An Unexpected Journey. When the group busts out of Goblin Town, and Bilbo catches up to them, that wonderful little conversation they have. Plus the way Thorin responds on the rock after they get saved. There are so many good characters brewing, and Peter Jackson is taking his sweet time setting them all up. Yea, it does feel a little stretched, but not at the expense of great characters that will build into something wonderful when this concludes two years from now. In the meantime, it's 1/3 of an adventure to get lost in.
What did you think of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit? Another epic achievement or big letdown? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!