In 1937 J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit was first published. Eighty-five years later in December of 2012, Peter Jackson's movie adaptation hit screens. And last Monday I finally found the time to see it.
For those of you who haven't see it yet, you might be expecting more of the Lord of the Rings. If you are you might be disappointed, but not for long.
As might be expected of director Peter Jackson, The Hobbit is filled with scenes of vast rolling plains, towering mountains, quaint and comfortable Hobbit holes, and other stunning visuals that make you feel like you have traveled to Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
But what really brings this movie to life is the characters. After all, The Hobbit just wouldn't be the The Hobbit without Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, and the rest of the company. And I have to say that the actors portraying these, I would say, iconic figures did a wonderful job bring them to life and making you believe.
For those who didn't know The Hobbit is being done in three parts. Now, most people are probably say 'They're just trying to make more money', and while that is probably true, that doesn't mean this is a bad thing for movie goers and fans of the book.
I think one thing everybody remembers from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is how they had to leave out bits of the books to make it a reasonable length. With The Hobbit being done in three parts Peter Jackson was able to fit more of the book into the movie. In fact, with a three hour movie he was able to expand on what was in the book and give more detail of the back story leading to the quest for the Lonely Mountain and other events in Middle-Earth, that help connect The Hobbit with Lord of the Rings.
In summary, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in my opinion, is a great movie that I would recommend to friends and movie lovers, and I look forward to the next part scheduled for release later this year.