Review Of The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a film (released in 2012) based on the epic saga The Hobbit written by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings series and is directed by Peter Jackson as well. The cast consists of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, and others like Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, and Andy Serkis. The film also features Sylvester McCoy, Christopher Lee, Barry Humphries, Manu Bennett, and Elijah Wood, who definitely attract the movie-goers.

The film is set in Middle Earth during a period of great power struggle and political unrest among the various kingdoms ruling Middle Earth. The story takes off from where The Lord of the Rings ended, with Frodo finding his uncle Bilbo Baggin’s book, The Hobbit.

It is set 60 years before The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is cleverly engaged by Gandalf the Grey to help the dwarves in their journey to the Lonely Mountains (previously theirs). The Lonely Mountains are now captured by the dragon Smaug. Together they chance upon a series of thrilling adventures and help them move closer to the Lonely Mountains.

The plot mostly revolves around the trials and tribulation of the dwarves, especially Thorin. It is in this film that Bilbo Baggins find the Ring and discovers its enchanting powers and gets possession of his magical sword, alerting him of the orcs. Director Peter Jackson and associates Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro must be commended for adapting the script out of the fairly thick book. The script is simple and easy to follow with a tuneful background score, attuning with the mood.

The main characters, especially Bilbo Baggins, are grey in nature. He too has good mix of good and bad in him. For fans of the Lord of the Rings series it is a wonderful experience to see the various characters form the film and learning more about their lives. The film leaves you with nostalgia.

Every character is portrayed with care, and every individual has their own personality that stands out. The relationship between characters is well defined, whether be it the dwarves, goblins, hobbits, elves, orcs, etc. However, the movie could have been better-edited and made slightly shorter.

Visually the film is a treat. One would often stop to wonder whether a world such as this really existed. The special effects and graphics are applaudable, especially the creatures and eagles that were created. Undoubtedly the visual appeal of the film is its biggest strength.

Verdict: 7/10.

The film was greatly anticipated, especially after the astronomical success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but was not as engaging as its predecessor. The film lacks freshness and still leaves a few questions unanswered. The film is well made and new audiences can relate to it well without prior knowledge of The Lord of the Rings.

The special effects and graphics never fail to disappoint the audiences and one cannot stop commending the creative mind of the genius who was capable of creating a parallel world unknown to many. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is worth a watch as it enthralls you with an adventure you’d be jealous not to be a part of and there are moments that will leave you enchanted.


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