It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
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 ... Written by
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My dear Frodo, you asked me once if I had told you everything there was to know about my adventures. And while I can honestly say I've told you the truth, I may not have told you all of it. I am old, Frodo. I am not the same hobbit as I once was. It is time for you to know what really happened.
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A dark, intense start of what will be an amazing trilogy
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey brings back the magic of Middle Earth, but I think it's unfortunate that it will experience the inevitable comparison to The Lord of the Rings trilogy -- because it's a very different kind of work, a different kind of tale, a different kind of atmosphere, a different kind of story progression with a different kind of flow. LOTR fans rushing in just to get another taste of the original films may be disappointed. There is certainly no less intensity, though the scale of the adventure is not quite as large. The change in moods between comical Dwarf mischief and dark, violent battles is a bit jarring. The soundtrack I am sad to say is rather familiar and wholly unimpressive. The pacing suffers some from Jackson's decision to spread the story into three parts; the movie seems to trace a disjoint set of drawn-out events along Bilbo's journey. They don't seem to be using human actors anymore for orcs/goblins, and it shows in some scenes where the CGI is spotty. And yet through it all, I never wanted it to end.
Even nearing its exhausting 2 and a half hours, I kept hoping the credits would never roll. It's a fascinating, exhilarating, and hilarious ride from start to finish. Not the same kind of film as LOTR, but epic in its own right. The acting was pitch-perfect, especially from Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Richard Armitage as Thorin. The battles were exciting and fast- paced. To my great surprise and relief, the 3D and 48fps played out quite nicely and did not detract from the footage. And my favorite part of course was Gollum's return to the screen. Bilbo's riddle battle with Gollum was possibly the most delightfully intense scene in the movie.
The theater was filled with "awwwwww's" when the credits hit, and so I'm sure every satisfied viewer will be back in their seats next year eagerly awaiting the second installment of The Hobbit. Congrats, Peter Jackson & Co. continue to dish out the best in the fantasy genre. 8.5/10
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