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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

 If there ever was a book series that evoked the element of fantasy then The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien would fit that definition. Slowly these books have gained a cult following and several filmed versions have been made, but with little success. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that director Peter Jackson made an ambitious attempt at turning Tolkien’s vision a reality. These movies went on to become very critical and financial successes. But did you know there was actually a prequel to The Lord of the Rings? It was called The Hobbit, and Peter Jackson is once again at the helm of directing this installment of The Lord of the Rings saga. Entitled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, the film is the beginning of a three part trilogy based around The Hobbit. Does it have the grand scale that its predecessors had or does it fall bellow expectations?

 The story of this first part of this expect saga tells of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who enjoys his life very much. One day, a wizard by the name of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) comes across Bilbo whom he asks to go on an adventure. Bilbo gradually declines but not before a group of dwarfs come by his house and almost wreck the place. The dwarfs, led by a burly man named Thorin, inform Bilbo that they are out to seek revenge on a dragon who took their home many years ago. Bilbo is hesitant at first but then decides to go on an adventure that will change his life forever.

 “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is a pretty pretty good movie that will please both Tolkien fans and fantasy fans. The story sticks very close to the source material, though the reason to split the book into three parts, it still works out okay. The cast does a fantastic job as some of the actors from the previous films reprise some of their original roles like McKellen as Gandalf. The direction is great as Peter Jackson goes back to the series that made him famous. But what really stands out are the visuals.

 All The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in New Zealand and the cinematography is just gorgeous. The locations look right for these types of movies and it shows. Everything looks very amazing that you just wonder what’s a set or what was created on a computer. Another visual aspect of the movie is the special effects. Yes, they are mainly CGI, but the work and effort that was put into it is freaking brilliant. All in all, the visuals make “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” worth watching on the big screen.

 If there are any flaws then it would be that there could have been a bit more to the story, but everything else is fine.

 In conclusion, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is a great way to bring back The Lord of the Rings franchise and turn a fantasy into reality.

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