As a big Tolkien and Peter Jackson fan I have been eagerly awaiting The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey’s release but I have to say I was a little disappointed with the film. I should have done a little research first as I didn’t realise that this was the first in another series of three films – yeah I know, I know, I should’ve known that! I was also expecting something, I don’t know, a little different, but I suppose it can’t really deviate too far away from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy otherwise it just wouldn’t seem right either.
I think there were just a few too many fight scenes in this first Hobbit film. I got a little weary of seeing ugly Orcs appearing and battling with our intrepid travellers (I also found it a wee far-fetched that only Orcs etc died). I would’ve preferred more on filling in details about the characters, especially Gollum. I’m hoping more of this will emerge as we journey through the remaining two films.
Having said that, as with all these films, the scenery, costumes and special effects are great. It is also wonderful to see Martin Freeman in the role of the younger Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage (of Spooks fame) in the role of the Dwarf King, Thorin Oakenshield. I am looking forward to the next films to see or at least hear more from Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug. Of course there were also good performances by a number of actors that have already featured in the LOTR Trilogy such as Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett as the Elves Elrond and Galadriel and not to forget Andy Serkis as Gollum to name but a few.
I think I will have to hold overall judgement and comments until I have seen all in the trilogy to speak about the films adaptation of the book.
Whether you love it or hate it, for any die-hard Tolkien fan the chance to see his fiction come to life on the big screen is a treat and overall Jackson must be commended for the (sometimes not-so) unexpected but ever-so-enthralling journey he takes viewers on!