The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Review

Aloha, my dear imaginative readers, I hope your new year is being nice. Soooooo, I went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey today and was slightly proud of myself as I went on my own. Greatest achievement of the year so far. In all seriousness, I’m not actually that proud, as I’ve never seen going out alone as something weird, but what holds me back from this is mainly people. You may or may not know that not only do I hate most human beings (particularly stupid ones and of my age) but people also terrify me. They literally scare me, you’d be surprised to know that even babies and toddlers intimidate me.

Anyway, the only reason I’m writing this review is pretty much the fact that my router has been turned off – everyone must think I’m asleep – and I have nothing to do without the internet. I shall post this tomorrow. I apologize for my lack of creativity and awful vocabulary but y’know it’s 2 in the morning. Also, I’ve lately been missing writing; I should probably continue to write stories and fanfiction again. Wait, why am I telling you this? I bet you don’t give two fucks.

Title – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Director – Peter Jackson

Cast – Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

Sir Ian Mckeller as Gandalf

Benedict Cumberbatch as The Necromancer and Smaug

Richard Armitage as Thorin

Dean O’Gorman as Fili

Aidan Turner as Kili (Irish! #represent)

& others whose names I can’t remember

Type of film – Adventure, epic fantasy

Why I watched – First of all the Lord of the Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit (the novel) are on my to-read list of books. Secondly, the film was coming out and I thought it’d be a nice opportunity to read it and then watch it. Thirdly and most importantly, Martin Freeman is the protagonist and I bloody love him.

This film, as well as the novel, takes place in Middle Earth, sixty years before the Lord of the Rings. The film begins with 111-year-old Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, writing and narrating the story of his journey to his nephew Frodo. He explains how Gandalf visited him one evening and the following day 13 dwarves knocked on his door. Gandalf also comes and tells Bilbo he has been chosen as a burglar to take part in a very dangerous journey to the Lonely Mountain, which was where long ago most dwarves lived and kept their thousands of diamonds, gold and other precious objects until a fierce dragon called Smaug killed most of them and from then on has been living in the mountain.

The novel was quite good, I really enjoyed it (although I won’t be reviewing it because I simply cannot be arsed to) and I think despite it being written for children absolutely everyone who likes fantasy will enjoy it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would like it because I generally don’t enjoy novels which are too far from reality, having their own worlds and creatures. I was happy to be proven wrong.

The only “flaw” I could find in it was the fact that it’s a tiny bit confusing when it constantly says “at the East of mountain X” or “they walked to the South”, you would have to know the map of their world pretty well to keep track of what it talks about. It was still very entertaining and easy to read, with no complicated vocabulary.

My expectations on this film were extremely high as I think Peter Jackson (also known as the guy whom I keep thinking is called Percy Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson…) is a brilliant director, having directed the whole Lord of The Rings trilogy and Martin Freeman is an amazing actor (also, it’s pretty hard to make a shitty movie with a $200-315 million budget, let’s be honest).

I didn’t quite understand what was going on when Gandalf was talking with the King Elf (whose name I can’t remember) and that other elf played by Cate Blanchett about some sword or what Radagast the Brown was doing in the forest with his strange rabbits. The novel does mention Gandalf having other issues to take care of but the book focuses on Bilbo’s journey. I realized then that this was a way of conecting The Hobbit to the rest of the Lord of the Rings films.

Martin Freeman was brilliant portraying adventure-hater Bilbo Baggins (“from Bag End”). On the one hand I was a bit annoyed by the fact that in the book Bilbo is completely opposing to going on an adventure in contrast to the film but on the other hand I loved seeing him jumping that fence yelling “I’m going on an adventure!!”.

i'm going on an adventure

I could definitely see a bit of similarity between John Watson (the character which Martin plays in BBC ‘Sherlock’) and Bilbo. Watson is constantly saying no to Sherlock’s crazy propositions of plans, even though he always ends up accepting because let’s face it, he loves his boyfriend, and at the same time Bilbo is – at the start of the film mainly – saying that he loves his hobbit-hole and won’t take part in the adventure.

kili and fili


Am I the only person who thinks Gollum is kind of cute? Yes? Okay, then. Seriously though, I know he’s almost bald, way too skinny and has only 9 teeth but his big blue eyes and innocent smile when he was talking to Bilbo was sort of cute-ish. Then he switched to his rage-filled personality and it became scary-ish and creepy.

There’s not much I can say about the ending of the film because it’s actually not the proper ending of the whole story. I was a bit concerned as of when the film was going to end and if it would actually feel like an ending. But in fact it was great.

Some might not like the fact that such a short book (less than 300 pages) is going to be made into a trilogy but I personally think it’s a positive thing. I mean, there is most definitely a money-seeking intention behind it, no matter how tiny it is. Still, it’s nice to see a film which can stay pretty close to how the novel is. In contrast, I was a bit confised because of the added scenes and background stories. (But that’s just me being a bad LOTR fan…)

The only few changes there were (apart from the added scenes) where the addition of some more fights and drama, however, we must not forget that films are way different from books. No matter how descriptive novels are you are always able to include your own piece of imagination into them, which is mainly why I love them. Films use props and special effects to recreate what books describe as closely as possible and they always sell better if they have that extra fight or dialogue.

I found that while the book wasn’t so “gory” and descriptive with the fights and deaths since it was written for a young audience the film is way more mature, making it less childish and more suitable for a teenager and adult audience. I think most people who generally enjoy fantasy books and films (The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, even Star Wars) will most likely enjoy The Hobbit, no matter how old they are.

The critics for this much acclaimed film have been extremely mixed, from what I have read in Wikipedia none are particularly negative (not being lower that a 6/10) with 7s and 6s and other are very positive giving it 9s and even 10s. To decide whether it is good, entertaining, exciting, disappointing or boring is up to everyone but this film is definitely one of the most highlighted ones of 2012 having gained in its box office more than 900 million dollars globally.


Victoria. xx


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