The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Reviews
Bilbo's words describe the feeling of a small book converted into 3 long movies
As a fan of both The Hobbit books and films, I can safely say that unlike other books into films this adaptation did a fine job of giving the flavor of the original Tolkien stories as well as giving viewers background of other Tolkien lore. An example of this is the beginning of the film when it showed how the dwarfs lost their kingdom and why they are going on this quest. This was not in the book.
One thing I really enjoyed was all the songs sung by the dwarfs. I think that they really added to the mood of the scenes. Unfortunately, all the songs in the book were not in the movie. Throughout the book songs were sung by the elves and goblins that were not included in the movies. I also thought that the costumes perfectly represented each character and were well thought out. Bilbo's for example, exquisitely captured his personality. As he started out he was clad in fancier clothing and as his point of view changed throughout the story and he became more passionate about the adventure, his clothes grew dirty.
Although this film doesn't stick religiously to the original book, it does an excellent job of bringing Tolkien's book to life. Nothing can replace the original story as imagined by a reader. Nevertheless the special effects and scenery were incredible and come pretty close to how I pictured it would look. I would watch again.
An Unexpected Journey is mostly about the root of the adventure in the book. Gandalf approaches Bilbo Baggins in hope that he will convince him to join him on an adventure, and invites an "unexpected party" to his house in order to talk business and meet Bilbo. The scenes in which this happened were very accurate, and Bilbo's reactions were spot on. You could tell that Bilbo had no interest in adventure, and how his opinions developed and changed.
The costumes and music featured in the movie were very unique. I think that Gandalf was the best portrayed when it comes to wardrobe, because his hat, robe, and walking stick were all included. His image was exactly as I pictured it, including his facial features and beard. The only character that confused me was Bilbo. The book makes you imagine him as large at the beginning because of the amount he eats and how dedicated he is to his meals. I imagined him as larger or shorter than Martin Freeman was in the movie. The music was very good. The creatures sang songs and moved as they were written, such as the scene where the dwarves organized the dishes. Also, the landscape and buildings were beautiful, and they were so accurate to how magical the world made written to be.
I think An Unexpected Journey was most true to the book, The Hobbit, and showed the beginning of the journey very well. Each actor portrayed their character well, and the wardrobe/directions were accurate. The movie was very close to the visual I had before viewing it, and I would watch it again.
The first part of the trilogy is quite slow. A lot of time to develop the characters. Overall a good start.