“Fairy tales are not true, Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Lord of the rings, if you don’t know it, you’re probably already crushed by the rock you are living under. Even if you haven’t seen them, you know about them. You know how much they impact movie history as they are probably the most successful movie series this side of star wars. So why not make more ? Hell yeah. This is “The Hobbit: an unexpected journey”.
Taking place when Bilbo Baggins was about Frodo’s age, it shows us the stories that Bilbo told that we thought weren’t real. We see now that they are true and it’s pretty funny like that. At it’s core, the hobbit was more of a childrens book, so adaptation was going to be hard to say the least. It’s tricky if you want to be true to the book but also want to keep it in touch with the other lord of the rings. God knows they took enough bashing from changing stuff from the lord of the rings trilogy. This time, since its one book trough 3 films, they kept it much more true to the source material.
We kick of the movie with Gandalf recruiting Bilbo into an adventuring party composed of dwarves. They had an opening for a thief class and since hobbits have a natural bonus to that sort of thing, they had to get one. So what is the plot of this movie ? They’re going to kill a dragon, basically that’s it. That’s pretty cool right? It’s alot simpler. Throw in a lot of lore, plenty of back-story interesting and fun characters and Peter Jackson and you have me throwing money at the screen.
But be warned, this movie is long. I love this type of stuff so I didn’t mind. Even though it was late at night, this movie kept me up and interested. If you don’t like lord of the rings, I can totally understand why you wouldn’t like this movie. The pace is pretty slowly for most of the movie. For example, there’s a scene where they’re basically discussing a sword for 20 minutes. I love that because of the characters taking part in that scene, but it’s not for everyone. Some people say the movie’s tone is all over the place. There’s a lot of serious scenes, then it’s dark and gritty and then you have musical numbers. I understand what they mean but I didn’t find it too annoying and it didn’t feel out of place for me. There’s also a bunch of service and references for fans of the series to get, like when Gandalf talks about the two blue wizards. The effects, as always, are really amazing.
I could go on about things I love about this movie like the Gollum scene, the elves, the actual group and how they work to characterize them (even more than in the book) but you’re probably bored of it by now.
Final thoughts: if you love lord of the rings, watch this movie, If you love action adventure movies, watch this movie. If you don’t mind a long movie and you’re willing to sit back for nearly 3 hours that is.
All I can say is that I’m definitely going to the sequels and I hope they’re as good or even better than the first .
I’ve asked Pedro to give a small opinion about the movie you can see it below
“The Hobbit : An unexpected Journey really makes you think that Peter Jackson thought about making it even when he was working on the sequels, the movie it’s a faithful adaption from the book and it’s a journey that any Lord of The Rings fan must see” -Pedro “Gunz” Relvas
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