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August 2, 2017

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) --- "What's Smaller Than A Dwarf And Has Big Feet?"


Plot Summary

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.  

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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     Now there is a difference between the movie and the book, however, that is generally the case with all book to movie adaptations. There are things that you read about in a book but you can’t necessarily portray in a movie and vice versa. The book is very complex and sometimes hard to keep up with but it has a very different depth to it, while the movie offers you images to places and characters that not even your imagination is able to conjure up.
     As expected from Peter Jackson, this film is an almost flawless masterpiece. Given that he had a lot of material to work with, I imagine it was quite hard to put everything together for the scenery - yet he did it, again. He has once again captured the feeling of the book and transcended it onto the screen; of course, it was not solely his credit.
     The acting was amazing and perfectly fit in the film; for both new and old characters. The chemistry between the actors was more than just the obvious; I felt as if the characters had been brought to life and that we were just being given the privilege to see they’re life stories.
     The cinematography and all that comes with it were amazing. The locations were absolutely beautiful, effects and colors were mixed perfect, and a soundtrack that wordlessly carried the feeling and emotion into every scene. Now, this film is the first of three so as far as action goes, there is not very much action when compared to the other two films.
     The Hobbit trilogy follows a similar pattern to that of the Lord of the Rings, and by that, I mean that the action and battle scenes will only continue to grow from one movie to the next. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is more of an introduction, not only are we meeting and learning about the main characters for the first time but so are the main character meeting each other for the first time; here Bilbo Baggins meets the dwarves and vice versa.
     The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will undoubtedly become a classic in the realm of movies and I am extremely grateful to be a part of the generation that had the privilege witnessed the never-dying franchise of Mr. Tolkien's work be brought to life through film.

“Look, I Know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right. I often think of Bag End. I miss my books. And my armchair. And my garden. See, that’s where I belonged. That’s home. That’s why I came back, ‘cause you don’t have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.”
- Bilbo Baggins

Final Vote
Worth Seeing: 5 of 5 stars
Worth Buying: 5 of 5 stars

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Movies Similar
Avatar (2009)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
Ender's Game (2013)
The Golden Compass (2007)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (2002)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief (2010)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

Cast & Crew
Directed by: Peter Jackson        
Writing Credits:
   (NovelJ.R.R. Tolkien

Produced by:
   Carolynne Cunningham     ---     producer
   Peter Jackson                       ---     producer
   Fran Walsh                           ---     producer
   Zane Weiner                         ---     producer
   Eileen Moran                        ---     co-producer
   Philippa Boyens                    ---     co-producer
   Carolyn Blackwood              ---     executive producer
   Toby Emmerich                   ---     executive producer
   Alan Horn                             ---     executive producer
   Ken Kamins                          ---     executive producer
   Amanda Walker                   ---     associate producer
   Matthew Dravitzki               ---     associate producer

Ian McKellen --- Gandalf
Martin Freeman --- Bilbo
Richard Armitage --- Thorin
Ken Stott --- Balin
Graham McTavish --- Dwalin
William Kircher --- Bifur / Tom Troll
James Nesbitt --- Bofur
Stephen Hunter --- Bombur
Dean O'Gorman --- Fili
Aidan Turner --- Kili
John Callen --- Oin
Peter Hambleton --- Gloin / William Troll
Jed Brophy --- Nori
Mark Hadlow --- Dori / Bert Troll
Adam Brown --- Ori
Ian Holm --- Old Bilbo
Elijah Wood --- Frodo
Hugo Weaving --- Elrond
Cate Blanchett --- Galadriel
Christopher Lee --- Saruman
Andy Serkis --- Gollum
Sylvester McCoy --- Radagast
Barry Humphries --- Great Goblin
Jeffrey Thomas --- Thror
Michael Mizrahi --- Thrain (as Mike Mizrahi)
Lee Pace --- Thranduil
Manu Bennett --- Azog
Conan Stevens --- Bolg
John Rawls --- Yazneg
Stephen Ure --- Fimbul / Grinnah
Timothy Bartlett --- Master Worrywort
Bret McKenzie --- Lindir
Kiran Shah --- Goblin Scribe
Benedict Cumberbatch --- Necromancer
Glenn Boswell --- Dwarf Miner
Thomas Robins --- Young Thrain

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