Rishi's Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
I approached this with very little expectations as being familiar with the source material I never believed it was a good idea to adapt to a motion picture let alone in three parts. Yes, the studio's commercial interests in trying to recreate the magic of the "Lord of the Rings" is quiet plain to see when you make a decision such as this to split a 300 page book in to a 3 part 10 hour movie. I am happy to state that I was grossly wrong on all counts! "The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey" is a delightful experience! Gloriously depicted in not just 3D but 3D HFR (High Frame Rate) this is not just a leap forward technically but Peter Jackson successfully retains the soul of middle-earth in this heart warming tale of 12 dwarfs setting out to reclaim their lost kingdom of Moria from the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificient. There maybe complaints of the slow pace especially from viewers not familiar with the book however fans of Tolkien will delight at the way Jackson goes in to every detail of the story which he couldn't with LOTR. Martin Freeman (BBC's "Sherlock") is perfect as Bilbo Baggins with tremendous support from Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Ian McKellen ever so brilliant as Gandalf the Grey. This may never quite equal the standards of the LOTR Trilogy and it was never meant to, being a prequel that Tolkien had intended for young readers laced with humour and lacking all the dark tones of the trilogy. However, on it's own this is truly masterful film making.