Movie Review : “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012)


Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay)
Stars:Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage

I believe all fans of Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings know by heart about this story. Long before Frodo had his journey to Mount of Doom in order to destroy One Ring, there was another Hobbit who already involved with the ring and experienced also amazing journey in his life : the one and only Bilbo Baggins. His coincidental meeting with Gandalf brought him to a position which he never thought before : being a part of group of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to take back their homeland. It was never an easy journey as they had been aware of; battles against Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs blocked them along the way. In the end, would they reach the goal of the journey as expected?

The answer of that question was, of course, not found on this movie. Similar like LOTR, this story was adopted from Tolkien’s book into three movies, so most likely every question you have along the story would only be answered on the final one. Not that I complain about it though; as I liked all three LOTR movies, I think I will also like The Hobbit’s trilogy as well. If there was one thing which I had my concern on was only the exploration of Bilbo which was not that deep yet (or at least for me), something that might be natural considering it was only the first part from overall story. However it was not a big deal as the journey itself was fascinating and people around the journey were also appealing.

Martin Freeman played really well as young Bilbo. I knew him from BBC’s Sherlock and fell in love with his Dr. Watson character there. I must say he perfectly fit this role as a young and curious hobbit from Shire. Another character who grabbed my attention immediately was Richard Armitage as Thorin. How he interpreted his anger and also his desire to defend his pride was believable for me (not to mention that he was the only actor who could look really good and charming with beards beside Depp’s Jack Sparrow).

Beside the story itself, I think beautiful sceneries and great visual effect were main points which made this movie was successful. Some fighting scenes were quite explicit so maybe you need to reconsider if you want to bring along your children to watch this movie (it was quite crazy to know there was a baby in the cinema where I went last night!). On top of that, it was quite a long movie (almost three hours duration), so there is a chance you fall asleep during the play if you are not keen enough with the story. Still, it was a worth-to-watch movie and great addition to line of movies for 2012 closure. Peter Jackson surely did a great job in maintaining the momentum of Tolkien’s fantasy deployment with The Hobbit. Kudos for Jackson, his team and all casts for the well done movie 🙂

My rate : 4/5. Go watch it and be part of the journey! 🙂


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