You see, I never saw the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It just isn’t my bag(gins). I didn’t read the J.R.R. Tokien books, I never played Dungeons & Dragons, and these fantasy type films seem better suited for teenagers.
In this movie, Baggins gets talked into going on a quest to the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor (I just bored myself typing that line). A dragon took it over, and Gandalf the Grey, a wizard, gets Bilbo and 13 dwarves. The 7 Dwarves Snow White had to deal with were a lot easier on the kitchen. These guys loved to eat.
Anyway, one of the dwarves is legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield (in sticking with the music theme, that name made me think of DJ Paul Oakenfold).
The guys have to escape the goblin tunnels, which I must admit were fabulous to look at. It’s there that we get to see Bilbo meeting Gollum (for those that aren’t familiar, he’s the dude with the bald head and big eyes). It’s also where he gets the ring.
Director Peter Jackson did some of the writing (along with Guillermo del Toro and a few others). I’m guessing with this prequel, many will feel the same way they did with the Star Wars prequels. That means huge lines and camping out at the theatres days before, and lots of disappointment from the hardcore fans. Perhaps the fans won’t mind the almost three hour running time.
The fans will also enjoy seeing the old faces they know and love – Elijah Wood as Frodo, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Christopher Lee as Saruman, and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel.
I’ve heard some critics say this movie was boring. There were a few times I was bored, but I chalk that up to me not being familiar with all the characters. Certainly the fight scenes and set designs were often times stunning (even if they get away with following the laws of physics sometimes). And I enjoyed Martin Freeman in the lead role. He was my favorite character on the British version of The Office, and he has the perfect look of bemusement.
But back to the fight scenes. If Gandalf (not to be confused with Gondorff from The Sting) can just come and end these battles, I wish he would. The last few years I’ve seen endless fight scenes in films; The last Twilight, Battleship, Transformers, Avengers, and many other films.
A lot of talk with this movie involved the 3D process that was used for this. It’s new, and projects 48 frames per second (as oppose to 24 frames per second movies usually have). I’m guessing James Cameron is the only one that will be in love with this technology. So far, many are complaining about it, although I had no problems with it and many of the visuals were lavish and I found them stunning.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey…is an unnecessary journey. I can only give it 2 stars out of 5.