The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is the first of a three-part sojourn based on J.R.R Tolkeins book The Hobbit. Peter Jackson from New Zealand has tried to recreate some of his magic from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but one can’t help feeling that that the director has fallen a bit short. An Unexpected Journey released around the world on December 12, 2012 and December 13, 2012.
The first in the three-part series is based around the Hobbit named Bilbo Baggings, played by Martin Freeman. It also has Ian McKellen playing the part of a young Gandalf, in a tale set roughly 60 years before The Lord Of The Rings. Baggins is to lead a band of 13 dwarves to on a journey to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim it from a dragon named Smaug, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
An Unexpected Journey cannot be compared with The Lord Of The Rings. In attempting to make a trilogy out of a rather low-content book, Jackson has managed to draw out the movie, making it seem lengthy when it should not have been.
The movie has been shot at 48 frames per second, which is double the usual frame-rate for movies. This gives the flick a great HD feel on the big screen, but leaves the characters feeling a little plastic.
Overall, there are some good moments such as the adventure and action scenes, but The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, unexpectedly fails to live up to the pre-release hype.