NON HORROR REVIEW- I cannot hide the fact that when I first heard about the production of “The Hobbit” years ago, I was extremely skeptical on how the final product would turn out. There are so many opportunities to disappoint, so many characters that we have all come to love that would not be apart of the tale of Bilbo Baggins and of course the time in between the last production of “Return Of The King” and “The Hobbit”, being almost a decade.
Oh, how I shouldn’t have worried or doubted the superior direction of Peter Jackson when it comes down to anything “Middle Earth”related. I am not going to go into much detail at all, as promised in my introduction, I will not divulge too much information, in order to avoid any types of spoilers, especially with films of this caliber. I will, however say that this film is an instant masterpiece and definitely belongs right up there with the “Lord Of The Rings” Trilogy.
The casting team did a miraculous job in selecting Martin Freeman to play the young Bilbo Baggins, as he executed that role to perfection. I also applaud to the utmost the returning actors and actresses that were able to fall back into character flawlessly throughout the film. Ian McKellen (Gandalf) Christopher Lee (Saruman), Hugo Weaving (Elrond) and Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) all were identical to how they were in the “Lord Of The Rings” Trilogy, another pre-watching fear that I should not have never even worried about.
Of course, each and every one of the locations used in New Zealand were beyond gorgeous and breathtaking, along with those sites that needed to be totally built from scratch or even added as effects during post-filming, all immaculate as one would expect from Jackson.
The makeup team for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at times went overboard with caking up the faces of the main actors a little too much, but nothing that hindered the outcome of the overall film itself. I also noticed the attempt of using much more humor with this effort, which sometimes I felt as being forced, again nothing that broke the incredible stride of the film.
One thing any viewer should know prior to going into “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” is that, this too will be a Trilogy, so don’t expect to go in the theater and come out 170 minutes later seeing and hearing the full story! Something I am quite excited about, another Peter Jackson Trilogy taking place in Middle Earth, based off the amazing writings of J.R.R. Tolkien!
I say you are missing out if you don’t catch this film as soon as you possibly can. A book that most young adults my age were required to read during our school days is now a beautiful and wondrous film worth every second of viewing. I was majorly impressed in every way and will never doubt anything Peter Jackson touches that intertwines with Middle Earth and J.R.R. Tolkien, he has re-set the bar with this one.