Jens' Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Well, it's finally here. The most anticipated movie of the decade. The movie every nerd is talking about: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is the first part of a trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's children's novel "The Hobbit". Which is a prequel to the all-time classic "The Lord of the Ring" trilogy. The word "prequel" might be a word that we associate with the disappointing Star Wars prequels, that made a previous generation of fans accusing George Lucas of raping their childhood. The prequels to "The Lord of the Rings" is not like that. It's to my relief better than I expected, even though it has it's faults, and doesn't beat The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Thank god, it wasn't raped.
The first part of The Hobbit trilogy: An Unexpected Journey, takes place sixty years before The Lord of the Rings. Where we follow Frodo's adoptive father, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) whom the wizard, Gandalf the Gray (Ian McKellen) persuades into join him and thirteen dwarfs on an adventure. A quest to take back their kingdom, which a long time ago was the home of all dwarfs, after a giant dragon took control over their kingdom and their goldmines. On their journey they encounters many hideous monsters, like trolls and orcs. It is also on this journey Bilbo encounters Gollum (Andy Serkis) in his cave.
I didn't have that big expectation. But I gave it a shot. And what I saw was a great epic adventure. With stunning visual effects, stunning cinematography, with a lot of stunning landscapes, which looks absolutely breathtaking in 3D. It's certainly one of the greatest 3D experiences I've ever had. Even better than the stoner comedy Avatar. But in the Hobbit, they actually gonna catch a dragon for sure. There's a lot of great action scenes that blows you out of the seat, just like with The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
But the thing I wasn't very please with was the first hour of this film, with too much slapstick comedy and musical numbers by the dwarfs and other hideous creatures that are to weird looking, and whom I can't take serious. There's a lot of comical scenes that could have been cut out, that doesn't add anything to the story. But then again it's based upon a children's novel, which The Lord of the Rings is not. So there's a quiet different tone. But there is a enough slaughtering to keep a grown-up man satisfied. And the mythological aspects of the Middle-Earth universe is still as exciting, but a little more cuddling, considered that Gimli was a bad ass dwarf, that you didn't associate with a teddy bear. But overall, despite some of it's faults, An Unexpected Journey is a wonderful epic, with stunning images, and a lot of thrilling action scenes. This is truly a worthy prequel to one of the greatest series of all time. Peter Jackson seems to keep his universe intact. Thumbs up.