The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  • Time: 169 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage


Once upon a time, the Kingdom of Erebor in the Lonely Mountain was taken from the dwarfs by the evil dragon Smaug. One day, the young Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is unexpectedly visited by the wizard Gandalf the Grey and twelve homeless dwarfs led by their former king Thorin and decided to vanquish Smaug and recover Erebor and their treasure. Bilbo joins the company in an unexpected journey through dangerous lands of the Middle-Earth where they have to fight against Trolls, Orcs and other magic creatures. Bilbo also meets the Gollum and finds his lost magic ring.


  • At 2 hours and 49 minutes, this film is lengthy but well worth it in the end, although it does take about an hour and a half to get any real plot development.

    The acting talent of Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Martin Freeman (Bilbo) are particularly noteworthy. Most of the humour shown arises from the facial expressions of Bilbo. It’s a dry humour that I’m particularly fond of. Thorin (Richard Armatige), I find, isn’t very believable as a character, and the acting here is quite poor.

    I noticed that the size scale of the Hobbits and the Dwarfs are inconsistent. There’s a point where Bilbo is shown to be only slightly taller than a fully grown pig, then later he’s shown to be just as big as a pony.

    The graphics are incredible and realistic. Your sympathy for Sebastian the Hedgehog and hatred of the pale Orc Azog is dramatised via the graphics, and this is what they’re for.

    The dialogue could be improved. Half of the plot movement is created through dialogue, but the information you need is not clear. Some information is missed out altogether – when you first see the Goblins I thought they were Trolls.

    I’ve always loved the Lord of the Rings score, but here it could be improved. At around 1 hour and 55 minutes, in a scene where the group are travelling across the mountains of Middle-Earth, the music could be a little more demanding, it should have more ‘oomph.’

    The battle scenes are directed brilliantly. The camera shots are perfect; where in most films you’d go from fight to fight, and be unable to make sense of it, this film is a massive improvement. The gore is kept to a minimum, which I admire, but some horror is included. The horror isn’t necessary but it makes the film more riveting, and would be worse without it.

  • I might be lynched by the whole middle-earth fan club.
    This is what I wrote on my FaceBook months ago.

    Saw it today at the cinema … And what a disappointment ! Throw together the “Lord of rhe Rings” films. Shake them well and use the magisterial scenery, the compelling soundtrack and the magic of the world of Tolkien. Include some recycled scenes that didn’t make it through the final editing, update sequences of the best action scenes and voila … we’re off for a 3-part marathon session again. In other words, the same old stuff dressed up in new clothes. It remains a mystery to me how they managed to make such a long movie from such a tiny little book. Wild guess … pure profit ! So Peter Jackson, shame on you. You’ve fallen for the big bucks … yeak!

    I saw it afterwards once again and I still have the same opinion. Beware … I’m an avid “Lord of the Rings” fan and admirer. I’ve seen all movies in the cinema. Experienced a marathon session once. I bought the extended version DVD box to watch it at home yearly (Even watch it when I’m sick). In other words, for me this is THE movie of all movies for the following centuries. No other movie can top this one ever.

    But when I heard that “The Hobbit” was about to be released and that it was a sort of prequel to “The Lord of the Rings“, the only thing I could say was “Oh come on” ! The same thing I had with the Star Wars saga. I saw the first film when I was very young. And afterwards I left the cinema completely overwhelmed by it. It was mindblowing. The same applies to the next two sequels. And then they start with prequels on the sequels. And sequels on the prequels. And trust me, there wile be preprials on the semi-sequels. I mean, for me it’s a bit too much. After “Episode I” I just ignored the whole Star Wars stuff.

    I really wanted to see “The Hobbit“. But only because I am devoted to everything that has to do with fantasy. And because I knew that I would be enchanted by that wonderful world of Tolkien.
    But time and time again those dollar signs flashed before my eyes … regrettably.

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