The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
From the smallest beginnings come the greatest legends.
The adventure follows Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim Erebor with the help of Gandalf the Grey and 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer, and a creature that will forever change Bilbo's life...Gollum. Alone with Gollum, Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity 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.
Seen in IMAX 3d
Finally. I finally got to see it and find out where I stand. And where I stand is with two big hairy feet smack dab in the middle of Middle Earth. And I love it there.
I have read The Hobbit a couple of times. It is a stunning piece of children's literature that has a light hearted tone and is a wonderful adventure story. Tolkien once wrote a sentence on a piece of paper: 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.'. This was not a conscious effort, but it intrigued him. Like everything he has written since he treated this sentence philologically. What does it mean? Where does it come from? What…
Critics have described this first installment in the Hobbit saga as bloated, ponderous and too episodic but frankly these are the exact same criticisms I felt about Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings trilogy. You may ask why I bothered seeing this latest trip to Middle Earth at the cinema if I didn’t enjoy the previous Tolkien tales, but it is simply because, if I can’t enjoy a film of this scale on the big screen what chance would I have at home?
I know Hobbits and Dwarves have short legs but does this journey have to be quite so tortuously slow? Jackson takes the original Tolkien text and stretches its simple story to within breaking point, adding appendices tales…
Well, holy shit.
The Hobbit is phenomenal.
That is something I never expected, mainly due to some recent reviews i have read. Personally, I loved it.
I saw it in HFR 3D. I am not educated enough in the format to know quite how different it will look to the normal format. From my view today, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey looks out of this world. And for a story that is set out of this world, it fits perfectly. The style does take a little getting used to. The 3D adds a depth to the picture that has only ever came across in animated movies thus far. The floaty, dream-like camera work, the beautiful sets and scenery and the…
Wow...this was unexpected indeed...
Now, I'd probably be the first to admit I don't like the original LOTR trilogy, though I liked ROTK but that's it. Not a Ringer at all, but I still wanted to give this a chance. I remember loving the animated movie as a kid. Who knows, I might like this I thought. Plus, it's got Martin Freeman so there's that.
Needless to say, I really dug the hell out of it.
In fact, I loved this more than the original LOTR trilogy.
I could say Freeman was the main reason I liked this, but that would be a lie. Maybe it's the nostalgia I hold for the animated film and while that is part of…
Film #24 in Driver’s December Death Penalty AKA The December Project , which is part of Cinebro's The December Challenge. 1 month, 100 movies.
"All great stories deserve embelishment." - Gandalf
I SIMPLY CANNOT WRITE ANYTHING SENSIBLE HERE. SO, FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN; DRIVER HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BACK INTO A SEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD.....
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, WOWEEEEEEEEEE!!! BEST FILM EVER, MAM!!!! MAAAAAMM!!! TAKE ME BACK IN!!!!
No, seriously, calm down. I can't write a review like that, so...
I'm so satisfied with this movie. I don't care that it was nearly three hours and felt longer; that's a good thing. Because when you've got a prequel to Lord of the Rings that is as epic (if not…
Part of The December Project: Film #33
There are two groups of people that I suspect will enjoy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the most. Die hard Tolkien fans, and the kids this story was meant for. In that regard, this film really is for them, and for that I might be able to give it a slight pass.
However, I am pretty disappointed, but not to the degree some other films have given me this year (I'm looking at you The Dark Knight Rises). While I read the books as a teenager, and did quite enjoy them, I was never really that into the mythology of Middle Earth that other people seemed to be into. To me, the part…
This was impressive. Very, very, impressive.
I had purposefully not rewatched the original LOTR trilogy before viewing the Hobbit because I did not want to compare it in any way to the originals. I think that choice benefited my experience greatly as I'm sure there were callbacks that went over my head but I had an absolute blast with this movie.
It really is incredible that this is going to be separated into 3 parts. And I couldn't be more excited to see where the rest takes us. During the almost 3 hour run time I did not even feel it dragging after they embarked. I was very invested. And while it was a tad disappointing that we never get to see Smaug, that's just something to look forward too.
Oh man, I can't wait for the second one.
Wer sich den Film mit der Erwartung - ein zweites "Herr der Ringe" zu sehen - anschaut, der wird sicherlich enttäuscht werden. Dazu hätte es dem Film nicht geschadet, wenn er gerade am Anfang ein wenig gestrafft worden wäre.
Trotzdem bin ich auf den 2. und 3. Teil gespannt ...
Podrá sonar repetitivo, pero claro que estuvo mal lo de dividir un libro de 300 páginas en 3 películas, por favor. En esta no pasó prácticamente nada, excepto quizás el encuentro de Bilbo y Gollum.
En algunos momentos me sentí como si estuviera frente a un videojuego, con esos efectos y maquillajes que me parecieron tan pésimos, o si los 48fps los hicieron ver así.
Entre lo positivo de este filme, encontramos el soundtrack, magnífico.
No quiero hacer comparaciones con la saga de Lords of the Rings, pero al parecer es necesario, y basta decir con que esta trilogía ni llega ni llegará a sus talones. Otro caso comercial más.
I don't normally assign ratings or write reviews, but this was such a fascinatingly bad experience that I feel compelled to take to my keyboard.
Simply, I don't get what is supposed to be good about this movie. I honestly don't understand how it is supposed to be watchable, nonetheless gripping or cool. I can't even say I found this movie to be childish; from "Looney Toons" to Pixar there are tons of great kids stuff out there. This was like watching three hours of Teletubbies or The Phantom Menace. It was humorless, lame, and seemed to contain large amounts of misplaced creativity. I literally uttered the words "what the fuck am I watching?" several times during my viewing of…
I saw nothing that merited making a trilogy out of this story. What's most frustrating are the unnecessary action scenes, such as with the trolls, that only serve to miss the point of Bilbo and Gandalf's company relying at least as much on their wits as their physical and magical power to survive.
The movie does itself no favors by attempting to marry the whimsical tone of The Hobbit with the life-or-death, world-in-the-balance air of The Lord of the Rings. The action scenes in LotR played out more realistically, like battles in a war, and even the swashbuckling in the earlier films felt more grounded than the straight-up cartoonish vibe of the action here. It's really tough to even bother trying to suspend disbelief when basic physics is disregarded.
Exactly the same LOTR formula with the same result.
Judgement must surely wait until 2015. As a stand alone film however this was in many ways quite awful. And was it just me or did anyone else notice Howard Shore only wrote one melody for the entire 3 hour movie? The Desolution of Smaug is gonna have to be brilliant.
I liked it more than I thought I would. Maybe I'm just impressed by the sheer magnificence of its sounds and visuals, but there you are. Didn't Kubrick compare a film to the world's largest train set?
Gollum (always my favorite LoTR character) is the only redeeming part of this film. Why oh why did they split this story into 3 really f'ing long movies?? I was really not impressed with the visual effects and overall I thought the film was just plain boring. Really don't want to invest 6 more hours into these films, but maybe I will see if they get better reviews.