The tiny, good-natured people with large, hairy feet are back to take us on another adventure in Middle-earth. Actually, this time there’s only one hobbit, as the title of this Peter Jackson big screen adaption of 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit suggests. Martin Freeman plays a young Bilbo Baggins who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf to accompany thirteen merry – at least some of them are – dwarves on a quest across Middle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. And the stage is set for another really long fantasy movie by Peter Jackson.
At the start of the movie I became, for some reason, I became a bit sceptical. Would it be possible for Jackson to come even close to his epic The Lord of the Rings movies? Could Martin Freeman play a Hobbit? And would the dwarfs empty poor Bilbo’s pantry? The answers turned out to be yes, yes and yes. The Hobbit really is a great movie if you go to see a grand fantasy adventure. It’ll also help if you enjoy computer graphics, because there are a lot of CGI in this movie. And even though the computer generated beasts and effects are great, I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe there was a little too much of it. That said, it would have been impossible to make this movie without the help of all those bits and bytes.
So, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes highly recommended. As with the The Lord of the Rings movies, Jackson is splitting this book into three movies, too. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of the three and it’s to be followed by The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively.