Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released nationwide last week. For those few who don’t already know, The Hobbit is a film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name, which acts as a prequel to Tolkien’s timeless Lord of the Rings trilogy. The trilogy had previously been adapted onto the big screen by Mr. Jackson starting back in 2001. Though the novel The Hobbit is only one book, Mr. Jackson and New Line Cinema intend to break it up into three movies in order to create a second trilogy.
This should be pleasing to fans of Tolkien’s novel. Three  separate three-hour films enable every plot point of the original book to be covered, with none of the ommisions that The Lord of the Rings was forced to make due to time constraints. The deletion of canon material is a major concern among fans in the case of every book-to-film adaptation, but readers of The Hobbitwill not have to worry about this, and can therefore view the movies with minimal dissatisfaction.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

This is the main defense for Jackson’s decision to divide the films, which some cynics have claimed was driven by avarice and current trends.
In fact, the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has already been filmed, and is scheduled for release in late 2013. Fans of the first movie will be glad to hear this. Though An Unexpected Journey felt like a complete story (clocking in at around three hours), it ended on a cliffhanger; the main character, hobbit Bilbo Baggins, enthusiastically stating, “I do believe the worst is behind us!” to the chagrin of the entire audience.

Overall, The Hobbit was a thoroughly satisfying experience. The whims of fate and the wizard Gandalf drew the sympathetically hesitant Baggins out of his comfortable hole (yes, I meant hole) and into the fantastical and treacherous world of Middle Earth. The rich scenery of this world was thrown into sharp relief by Jackson’s masterful cinematography as augmented by the IMAX 3-D experience. Bilbo Baggins’s surprisingly realistic characterization meshed with the visual elements of the movie to create a thoroughly captivating experience that I am eager to continue with The Desolation of Smaug.

— Maria Juran, Staff Writer

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