The hobbit is, in my opinion, a terrific story. It all began with Tolkein telling his children a story of fantasy and now it's a movie... Well, three of them. This is a review of part one- an unexpected journey.
In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit...
The film begins with old Bilbo writing his story to Frodo before the birthday party we see in The Fellowship of the Ring. Bilbo (as played by Martin Freeman) receives a visit from Gandalf the Grey, who he has met before but cannot remember until his name is known. Gandalf is looking for someone to accompany some Dwarves on an adventure.
The version of the film I saw was in 3d and I highly recommend it as it's utterly beautiful. Though it's quite a long film, the 3d is seamless, making the film a joy to watch.
There are a lot of really good bits in the film- these included the Misty mountain song, the goblin caves, smeagol's riddles and the dramatic rescue.
The fight scenes in the film are truly epic, with goblin kebabs and rock fights being two of the more memorable scenes. Bilbo really comes into his own in one of the later fights, being accepted into the groups. One thing which did amuse me was the amount of teasing in the film- this includes an early shot of a Smaug paper balloon... Such a Troll Jackson!!!
The music is, as usual with The Lord of the Rings, beautiful and I recommend getting the soundtrack if you have the spare cash after watching the film every day it's showing!
Some people have criticised the film, saying it's too long. These people have obviously never sat through a LOTR marathon... This film may be a bit of a long one, but you don't have the time to notice this because Jackson keeps your attention for every minute of it- a good film, in my opinion, should never leave you feeling as if there was something missing and this one doesn't, even though it is the first part in a trilogy- the end, obviously, shows us that there is going to be a sequel.
This is a really awesome film and anyone who is either a fan of Tolkein, the Lord of the Rings franchise, Jackson's work or just general fantasy.
Now I need to go see it again... Seriously!