Monday, January 13, 2014

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Director: Peter Jackson

Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch

The Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor has been taken over by the dragon, Smaug.  Gandalf the Grey comes to visit Bilbo Baggins at home to invite him on an adventure, which Bilbo declines.  One night while Bilbo was cooking dinner a group of dwarves come to his home to discuss and plan the adventure.  On the way to the mines, the party members meet up with three trolls that try to eat them and goblins and orcs that are also trying to kill them.  While Bilbo is wandering around a cave his sees the creature Gollum looking for something.  Bilbo finds a ring on the ground and keeps it for himself.
For the first movie in the Hobbit series, you get to see some familiar faces from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I know that made for a nice transformation for the people that have not read the books to be about to get into the movie.

When making The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, they had to create many different types of techniques and software to finish the movie.  Now for The Hobbit, the look of the special effects are so much better than the last movies and that is really saying something, because those were pretty incredible. 
This is the first of the trilogy, so it is going to be slower than the last two movies are going to be, but that does not mean that this is not a good movie.  The first movie is a meet and greet.  You get the names of the major characters and some background information on them and the start of the storyline for the series.  You get to know who, what, where and why for the story and the characters.  The created characters look so good and realistic. They really nailed the special effects on this movie.  Weta Digital is great as always.

This is one of those movies that I'm not going to go into too much detail on the review, simply because there is a lot of visual and characters involved to not right too much.  This is one to see and own, if you have not done that yet, you should.  Enjoy!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

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