J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937 and its tale has survived through the ages. Director Peter Jackson now brings it to the big screen. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey breaks boundaries of filmmaking with elaborate details rendered in high frame rate. The cast performed extraordinarily well.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is based on Tolkien’s thinnest book. It is the first of a trilogy and includes concepts from the author’s notes that followed The Lord of the Rings book. It also features characters from the minds of Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh.
Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is based on three epic books with The Return of the King earning 11 Oscar awards. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is about Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit who goes out of his hole in the ground to help13 Dwarves get back their lost realm.
Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins of Bag End. He is a contented Hobbit who didn’t realize he was looking for adventure until he stumbles into one. Filmmaker Jackson does a good job of casting Freeman as the main hobbit. His clash with Gollum will resonate for movies to come.
Richard Armitage is a tall guy in real life and in the movie he plays Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Dwarves gathered by Gandalf. Sir Ian McKellen comes back to play the role that he made his own in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features both the story of Bilbo and Thorin. The Dwarf King’s history is told via flashbacks as the group looks for Smaug the dragon and gets back the treasures belonging to Thorin’s ancestors.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey takes the book that’s 75 years old and turns it into an epic movie. It has the most detailed images on the big screen through 3D HFR technology.