Some of you may be thinking, The Hobbit…come on that’s not alternative! Well in my eyes alternative is different and this film is definitely that.
The first instalment of the Tolkien book, The Hobbit is any special effects and CGI lover’s wet dream. The one thing I just can’t help but be a little annoyed about is the fact that The Hobbit is being made into three films – which I think is more about the money and less about the experience. Let’s hope that the other two films are as good as the first!
All annoyance aside let’s get onto the contents of the film. An Unexpected Journey follows a rather young Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who’ll take a little while to get used to in a more serious role but you’ll soon warm to him.
What starts as a very peaceful evening for Bilbo ends with his little hobbit hole being filled with smelly and greedy dwarves who eat him out of house and home. After a brief visit from Gandalf, the army of thirteen dwarves, lead by legendary warrior, Thorin (Richard Armitage) bring loud disruptions to The Shire.
This is when Bilbo finds out about Gandalf’s plan for him to join the dwarves on the quest to reclaim the lost dwarf’s kingdom of Erebor from fire breathing dragon, Smaug. Although a little hesitant at first, Bilbo soon agrees to go on the biggest adventure of his lifetime that he may not return from. The handy work of the make-up artists on the dwarves is grande – they look awfully great!
The CGI comes into play when the journey takes Bilbo into the wild, through lands of goblins, orcs, wargs and giant spiders. Their first big challenge is to escape the goblin tunnels, this is where Bilbo has his very first encounter with Gollum (Andy Serkis) and his ‘precious’ ring.
After travelling through new lands, riding furry friends and overcoming awkward relationships, the dwarves and Frodo find themselves discovering new understandings of belonging and fighting to get something back that belongs to them.
Nearing the end of the film, the cliché ‘saved by eagles’ comes into the equation. This aside, along with a little too much CGI, The Hobbit has lots more to offer. It boasts some stunning filming locations, ass whooping fight scenes and a gold ring discovery that is tied to the fate of Middle Earth.
Overall the first of the trilogy of The Hobbit is a great watch that will leave you clinging onto the edge of your seat in anticipation of what happens next. I look forward to seeing what Peter Jackson has in store for the next two additions.
The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey – the trailer:
Words by Michelle Stannard