Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Verdict: It has similar plot structure as Lord of the Rings, plenty of unexplained things, a few long uncompelling conversations, some corny cliches and a couple of accidentally gay scenes. In fact, it’s just downright slow and boring at the beginning. The storytelling could’ve been better as well. Like some typical RPG games, you’d just wish you could keep pressing the OK button to proceed to more interesting parts. However, even with all that being said, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is nothing short of an adventure. It’s packed with action in the second half and the visuals are fantastic just as expected. I wouldn’t mind watching the sequel at all.

Second opinion(s): My friends, who watched it with me, said, “Something’s missing in the movie; not sure if we were sleepy or it was just boring; it might get even more gay than this in its sequels.”

Favourite scene: The scene with the Smeagol, hands down. Brilliant
display by Andy Serkis once again. He’s not just funny this time, it’s
actually quite thrilling as well.

Rating: 3 / 5

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Gandalf is easily the worst character in the film: A wizard who uses someone’s house as a meeting point without permission, and ignores the owner even when he’s clearly annoyed. He doesn’t use his magic much even when it’s very much needed. Before he disappears to do absolutely nothing, he say things like “I had enough of dwarfs for one day” after having traveled with them for so many days. Not to mention that he’s the one who offers to help the dwarfs out. He can call for the giant birds to help out at the end and carry the group from danger to safety but he doesn’t get the birds to carry the group to their destination (or at least closer to it) from the very beginning of the quest. There should be a reason explained in the book right? But well it’s not explained in the movie and it has become a giant plot hole.

Rock mountains: They come to live at one of the scenes and starts fighting with its own kind. But why? No explanation either.

Language flaw? Why do some of the species/race speak the same language? The dwarfs, wizards, hobbits, troll, goblin speak English in the movie whereas the others don’t. Dafuq?
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The Hobbit 2012 film movie poster
Rated: P13
Genre: Fantasy, adventure
Running Time: 169 minutes
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Andy Serkis

Synopsis: “From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.”Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know” (Warner Bros. Pictures).

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  1. Teh Seng Wah, Michael

    If you are a fans of LOTR, definitely you will like it. +++++ it is usual style of Director PJ to drag at first half =D

    From Tony's score it is basically considered fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, so if you feel you want to watch, just go for it =)

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    @Eric Yes, very watchable… but just a bit long.

    @Ryan Probably, yeah.

    @Michael I'm not a huge fan of LOTR but I thought The Hobbit was not too bad =)

  3. Anonymous

    it's actually the first part of a trilogy
    1st >- An Unexpected Journey (December 2012)
    2nd >- The Desolation of Smaug (December 2013)
    3rd >- There and Back Again (July 2014)

  4. Teh Seng Wah, Michael

    That trilogy thing has to be announced to those Malaysian people that "har here and har there" at the end of the film. Hurrmm =)

    Plan to watch Jack Reacher, but after reading your reviews, it seems that Tom Cruise is like "a superhero". Just like in MI4, his face crushed so hard on the glass of the building, no injury at all..

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