The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey: Review

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A fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I was keen to see The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey, although it had received mixed reviews from movie critics.

The film has stormed to the top of the UK box office, raking in £11.6 million.

The Hobbit -An Unexpected Journey is the first part of director Peter Jackson’s trilogy.

The Desolation of Smaug is due out in 2013 and There and Back Again is due out in 2014.

Based on J.R.R.Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit, the film follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, who sets out on an ‘unexpected journey’. Ian Holm plays the old Bilbo Baggins who tells the story of the start of his adventures with the dwarves.

Young Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) reluctantly signs himself over to the wizard Gandalf and the dwarves in their quest to reclaim their mountain home back from the dragon Smaug.

The film then follows their journey to reach the Lonely Mountain and the growing camaraderie between the dwarves, Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf.

During the first hour nothing much action-wise happened but I felt it was necessary to tell the story properly to understand what was to follow.

After that it was a roller coaster ride of action, trolls, Orcs and battles.

There were some genuinely amusing moments and Gollum (voiced by Andy Serkis) was entrancing with his large blue eyes and rubbery but human facial expressions.

Sylvester McCoy played the wizard Radagast who was almost an eco-wizard who loved wildlife and the forest.

The scenes with the chases between the Orcs and Radagast were very fast-paced and exciting and were amongst the best in the film.Veteran actor Christopher Lee played the wizard Saruman, who almost exerted a calming influence on the elves and the dwarves.

Together with Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen, the trio all had strong parts to play in the film.

The story developed slowly but was well worth the wait for the action and combat scenes.

I was impressed with the rich detail of the 3D and one of my favourite scenes was the chase inside the Orcs’ lair. It was exciting and enthralling.

If you’re a fan of The Lord of Rings films, then this is one for you to watch. I can’t wait for the next one.