The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Movie Review

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2012 | PG-13 | Fantasy, Adventure, Family
169 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review


A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

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.

About The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Year: 2012
Runtime: 169 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Terry Notary, Kiran Shah, Jed Brophy, Katie Jackson, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Joseph Mika-Hunt, Manu Bennett, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Stephen Ure, Timothy Bartlett, Aidan Turner, Richard Whiteside, Sylvester McCoy, Adam Brown, Jeffrey Thomas, Thomas Robins, Cameron Jones, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman
Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien
Director: Peter Jackson