Quick Flick: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
BY DANIEL DAW —
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a trilogy, takes us back to Middle Earth for an adventure new for some and familiar to others. Whether the viewer is knowledgeable or unknowing of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is sure to be a thrill for all.
The film follows a young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he travels to aide in the defeat of the fire dragon, Smaug, who took over the dwarven city, Erebor, nearly 150 years prior. Those included on this journey are Gandalf the Grey, a hefty handful of dwarves and their leader, Thorin Oakenshield — a key character in the novel. One memorable portion of this adventure is the moment Bilbo acquires the ring. Key characters of the first trilogy also make small reappearances to help clarify The Hobbit’s placement around the trilogy: Frodo (Elijah Wood), Gollum (Andy Serkis) and, of course, Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen).
This film transitions smoothly, representing the time before the original trilogy well.
Overall, the cinematography is absolutely stunning, showing New Zealand is one of the best countries to shoot a film. The music is gorgeously powerful; a definite bonus is the deep, almost enchanting song the dwarves sing near the beginning of the film.
The story will continue in The Desolation of Smaug on Dec. 13, 2013 and the finale — There and Back Again — will come out in the summer of 2014.