The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Movie Review

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

2012 | PG-13 | Fantasy, Adventure, Family
169 minutes / 2h 49min

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Plot Synopsis:

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) is an American/New Zealand fantasy adventure film that is based on J. R. R. Tolkien‘s novel, The Hobbit (1937) and is the first installment in a three-part movie. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) is followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), and the three films are a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, all directed by Peter Jackson. The movie had an estimated budget of $200–315 million and grossed over $1.021 billion at the box office resulting in it being the fourth highest-grossing film in 2012 and the 18th highest grossing film of all time as of 2012. Director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)) excelled at executing this thrilling, adventurous movie. The movie had Peter Jackson written all over it because it is spectacular, unique, charming and it is everything you can expect from Peter.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starts by introducing us to Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)) who will be 111 years soon. He began writing a journal of his adventure 60 years earlier so that his nephew Frodo can read it. Bilbo was given a mission to steal from the dragon Smaug and regain control of the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)) is a wizard who employs Bilbo for the job.

Gandalf gave Bilbo the mission to join legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), 13 dwarves in total. The dwarves are Gloin, Bifur, Balin, Kili, Dori, Dwalin, Fili, Nori, Ori, Oin, Bofur, and Bombur. Gandalf recruited Bilbo because of his burglary skills which will be handy when breaking into the Lonely Mountain. The group has many dangerous encounters ahead of them including one in the goblin tunnels where he meets Gollum and took possession of Gollum’s ring which will change Bilbo’s life forever. The ring holds special powers that can be deadly and helpful. The movie progresses to being an adventurous venture into the woods which made me felt emotions and a connection to the characters. I rooted for their survival and cheered them on on their success. Who will win this battle and who will die in the adventure?

The technological advances in the visual style, CGI, and special effects makes this 169 minutes movie and epically entertaining film to watch. The long (169 minutes) movie time made me think twice about watching the film. My feelings did not change while watching the film during the first 45 minutes which made me think, what in the world did I just get myself into knowing that I am a person that has to watch the entire movie once I start watching it. Averaging about the first 45 minutes of the movie revolves around the young hobbit Bilbo Baggins’ home. My excitement was once again established once the mythical drama of Bilbo’s journey with his dwarven friends began which introduced us to sorcerers, mountain monsters, giant spiders, orcs, trolls, wolves, shapeshifters, goblins, and other creatures. The music score was beautifully blended into the film. The entire cast gave brilliant performances, but Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage stand out above the rest. With all said, I recommend this movie to everyone to see if you have the time and patience because it is worth it if you understand the underlying messages and love great CGI with astonishing sceneries.

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 7.53
  • IMDB: 7.9
  • MetaCritic: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.5

About The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Year: 2012
Runtime: 169 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Reviewer: Score: 4.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.76/5 stars from 704,345 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 704,345 MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Cast Starring: Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis, Terry Notary, Jed Brophy, Kiran Shah, Katie Jackson, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Manu Bennett, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Stephen Ure, Joseph Mika-Hunt, Timothy Bartlett, Aidan Turner, Richard Whiteside, Sylvester McCoy, Adam Brown, Mark Atkin, Cameron Jones, Frazer Anderson, James Nesbitt, Gabriela Roque López, Graham McTavish
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Director: Peter Jackson
Box Office: $303,001,229
Production: Warner Bros.
Language: English
Country: USA, New Zealand