Friday, 28 June 2013

Review - The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey

An Unexpected Journey : A tale of the younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who sets out to embark on an "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a wizard known as Gandalf the Grey and a spirited group of Dwarfs to reclaim their stolen homeland from a dastardly evil dragon named Smaug.

Hello Everyone !

Welcome to my newest review, today I will be taking a little detour to middle earth to talk about the first 'Hobbit' film. Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellan as the forever wise Gandalf the Grey.

I'm pleased to say I hope to be pleasing all Hobbit fans today as I talk about 'An Unexpected Journey', because I feel it was a very enjoyable, fantasy adventure that one can just get lost in and enjoy it for what it is, a story.

'Unexpected Jouney' arrived in the UK on the 13th of December 2012, and came to the USA on the 14th of December 2012. It is now available to purchase worldwide.

SPOILER ALERT: This may sound silly for me doing an spoiler alert on this occasion, because I'm sure all of the kean 'Hobbit' fans have seen it by now. But just encase you haven't got round to seeing 'The Hobbit' for whatever reason, I suggest you watch it now, before you have things being spoiled for you.

So after all these years we've waited patiently for 'The Hobbit', it took a long while but it finally arrived and now the first one has been released, and we have two more still to go. It was great to be back in middle earth once more. I considered it a pleasure to see all the lovely sets and valleys of Bagend again, because they are very vibrant and excessive and they make Tolkien's words on paper a reality, which in turn is very authentic and a visually brilliant.

Bilbo Baggins finally tells Frodo his story of how he was included into a valiant quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome evil dragon Smaug. Approached from out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining in a company of thirteen dwarfs led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.

Their journey will be no easy task, as they are inclined to walk into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain they first must survive the wrath of Stone giants, avoid getting eaton by bickering trolls and escape the goblin tunnels.

It is in the deep dark areas of the caves where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Alone in the dark with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, Bilbo doesn't only discover the depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring.

Bilbo uses the ring to escape, and rejoins his Dwarf party and pleases Gandalf. They party are attacked by a group of Orcs, as Thorin angusihes a blood thirsty vengeance against his nemesis the white orc, Bilbo saves his life. And it is a flock of flying eagles that save them all. At the end of the film we witness the waking of Smaug, leading into events of the second Hobbit film which will be out later in the year.

So all in all it was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed 'Unexpected Journey' It had some fantastic battle scenes, it was funny, lots of running about, It's a lot more adventurous and light hearted than 'Lord of the Rings' which is what I love. I liked the fact that Peter Jackson didn't want to go down the same roots with 'The Hobbit' as he did for 'Lord of the Rings'. It just gives 'The Hobbit' something different to come by with the target audience and with those of a much younger audience that like fantasy drama.

The only problem I have with 'The Hobbit'  is that it is far too long, I got to end of it and you think. 'That didn't need to be as long as it was' so it is a shame things dragged on as far as the plot and storytelling was concerned, after a while it can get a bit boring.

But overall, I do like 'The Hobbit' a lot I believe it to be a film that the whole family can sit down and enjoy.

I look forward to seeing the second one when it comes out this December, because it looks amazing.

In terms of what I thought of the cast, I really liked 'Martin Freeman' as Bilbo. he gave a fabulous performance as the lovable Hobbit.

Ian McKellen returning to the role of Gandalf for the first time in nine years, it felt like he was never away, he jumped back in the zone and was Gandalf. incredibly good performance, because he's a fantastic actor.

All the guest cast for the Dwarfs were well cast, I liked Richard Armitage, Jimmy Nesbit, Ken Stott they were all really good. Sylvester McCoy as Radagst the Brown was brilliant as well, Sylvester McCoy has a fantastic personality, very wacky and over the top, but then again very serious and stern eyed, so he has an incredible sense of control as an actor of identifying between the two.

I'm going to give 'The Hobbit' 8/10

Thank you for reading this review, If you agree or disagree with my thoughts than leave a comment below, I'm interested to know what you thought of this film. as second opinions do count.

NEXT TIME : I will review 'Skyfall' James Bond's latest adventure. Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and
Javier Bardem.

I will post that review on Saturday the 29th of June 2013

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