After a very long wait, this week has seen the release of The Hobbit ‘The Unexpected journey’ and i have to say it did not disappoint.
I am a fan of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy and was generally excited to hear they were making the hobbit into not only one but three movies. Now i did raise my eyebrows at this three movies? surely not? it is the shortest book after all.
The Hobbit has a running time of 2hr 49 minutes and even though many people have said they noticed this and the film seemed to drag. I did not… in my opinion it went rather quickly. The hobbit was action packed and rather humorous. I found myself laughing at most scenes due to great comic timing, mostly provided by the dwarfs. There was some well known faces too amoungst the cast such as regulars Ian Mckellan, Cate Blanchett and a cheeky cameo from Elijah Wood. New faces are seen such as Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt and Martin Freeman and many more.
I have too admit i am not a hardcore fan that has read the books, the mere size of them frighten me. I am quite happy to settle with Peter Jackson telling me the story.
‘A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a “unexpected journey” to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarfs to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.’
The story focuses more on the dwarves and their quest claim back their ‘Home’. They are led by Thorin played by Richard Armitage. Armitage does an exellent job of portraing the pride ridden dwarf prince who has lost both his father and grandfather. I cannot fault the acting or casting choices as they fit each character perfectly, Martin Freeman doing a terrific job as Bilbo Baggins. Andy Serkis also returns as the voice of Gollum, showing banter through a game of riddles.
I cannot contain my love for this film an recommend it to anyone, even if you have not seen Lord of the rings before. It’s full of action, comedy and adventure and holds great escapism. I am however a bit skeptical about splitting the film into three but if they are as good as this one I look forward to them!