Review – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Following an impromptu meeting at Bag End, Bilbo Baggins’ home in The Shire, an incredible adventure unfolds.

An adventure that introduces us to a fantastical world created by J R R Tolkien; we learn of a myriad of amazing creatures such as Gollum, magical artefacts such as swords that glow blue (not used by Jedi) and a certain ring that has the potential to Rule them All.

Peter Jackson’s screen interpretation of the predecessor to his phenomenally successful Lord of the Rings trilogy gained as many comments for its presentation at the cinema as it did for its actual qualities.

However, with the release of it on BluRay and DVD, the potential negative comments of “It made me feel sick” and “It looks like something off the telly” are null and void; the field is levelled and the sides are even.

I suggest you watch the film and enjoy Jackson’s vision of a book that so many, including myself, have grown up with and still read today.

In what is the first of a trilogy based on the enduring fantasy adventure The Hobbit, we follow Bilbo together with the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield, on a huge mission to reclaim the dwarf kingdom of Erebor from a dragon named Smaug.

This quest sees Bilbo leave the security of his home, travel through wild lands inhabited by Orcs, Goblins and a sinister figure known as the Necromancer.

Jackson transfers the story on to the screen very well and on BluRay it looks fantastic.

Like the books, the film has a much more light-hearted approach than Lord of The Rings.

Gandalf clearly does not have the weight on his shoulders that will come to bear 60 years later during the event of Lord of The Rings, and while there are some darker moments during the battle sequences involving the Orcs, this first volume is most definitely a family film that has some funny, laugh-out-loud moments.

My children, aged seven and five, loved it and were quite disappointed when the film ended.

Already the elder of the two wants to watch the second film, which is to be titled The Desolation of Smaug, at the cinema!

One of the criticisms of the cinema release was that it was too long.

All I’ll say is that if children the age of mine can sit through it, enthralled from start to finish, then that’s a pretty good indicator of if it drags on too much.

You’ll always have a hardcore group of fans who are picky with the authenticity of a film that is about a subject they are knowledgeable of, but sometimes you just have to let someone tell their version of a tale.

In the words of Gandalf himself: “Even the greatest stories need a little embellishment.”