First off I would like to say that I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The whole reason that I love film so much is because of those movies. So naturally I was expecting a lot from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and I wasn’t disappointed. From the beginning of the film to the end, I was in awe. Peter Jackson was able to capture the same amount of wonder with this film that he had with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The adaptation of the book was done very well. You can tell that all of the people who were behind the screenplay care very deeply for Middle-Earth. It was great that the writers kept the humour that was in the book and put it into the movie. I was happy with the character they added to the film. Those who have read the book will understand who I am talking about after you watch the movie. Martin Freeman was great as Bilbo Baggins. It was nice to see Ian McKellen and many other actors from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy reprise their respected roles. I heard a lot of complaints about the visual effects before watching the film, but I wasn’t bothered by them at all. I really preferred watching this movie in the theatre in the HFR 3D format compared to watching it at home in the 2D format. The HFR 3D made it seem like you were watching a live, multi-million dollar enactment of the book. I just don’t understand why critics are bashing this film for not being as good as The Lord of the Ring Trilogy. Sure it’s based in the same universe with some of the same characters but it should be taken and reviewed as a separate film. Overall I was very impressed with the adaptation of the book and it was one of my favourite movies that came out in 2012. I can’t wait for the sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, this December. If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or are really into fantasy films, you will enjoy this movie to some extent.
5 out of 5 stars.