2 hrs 46 min
Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton
After a wait of almost 10 years, the first installment of The Hobbit Trilogy is finally here. And while The Hobbit is a good movie, I believe that An Unexpected Journey will fall slightly short of your expectations.
If I could have changed one thing about The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, it would be to remove the scene where Legolas is sliding down the stairs on a shield while shooting orcs. The cartoonish nature of that moment always takes me out of the experience. However, there are far too many scenes like that in An Unexpected Journey that are plain silly and play to a very young audience. The two most atrocious examples of this are Radagast, The Brown Wizard, who travels on a sleigh powered by bunnies, and the escape scene from the goblins, which reminded me of a Rube Goldberg contraption.
While Radagast’s character was very interesting and unique, I couldn’t help but to be reminded of The Crystal Skull when Shia LaBeouf is swinging with the monkeys.
Also, the CGI of certain characters looked a little fake. However, there were other times when the CGI was stunning. The introduction to the Lonely Mountain and the mines was breathtaking. Avatar only wishes it could look that good. So, overall I am split on the CGI. I am a fan of practical effect and I wish there was more in The Hobbit.
There were a lot of good things about this film as well. I am a fan of all the dwarves and each of their unique personalities. It was great hearing their songs and seeing their past. The movie also does a great job with the two most memorable scenes in the book, the trolls and the first meeting with Gollum. The game of riddles played out just how I imagined and with exceptional acting.
Also, I very much enjoyed how humbled Gandalf was in this film. The Dwarves don’t really think that much of him, Bilbo had to be reminded about who he was, and you can tell he is still not fully respected by many others since his opinions get shot down quiet often. The story of The Hobbit is how he gains his credibility in a sense.
If The Hobbit had not targeted such a young audience and stuck to being serious, then the quality would have greatly increased. This movie is supposed to be an epic, not a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean. However, it is still a good movie worth seeing because there are parts that make you say wow, and the story is timeless.
out of 10
I saw this in normal 2D 24 FPS.
“I would take each and every one of these dwarves over the mightiest army!”