The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Film Review


I admit it; I’ve been avoiding this one. There were two main reasons; firstly, a lot of people whose opinions on film I deeply respect found this film overly long and drawn out, and secondly, it seems very indulgent of Peter Jackson to turn this single book into three films to be released separately. It is, after all, one story. Why turn it into three very long films rather than just one very long film?

Yes, absolutely, it is very long. It is entirely possible that there are scenes in the film that are not in the book (I can’t recall. I have very little interest in re-reading it) but that didn’t bother me at all. As it happens, I really quite enjoyed it. It is a good yarn, with some spectacular effects and a bit of heart. Martin Freeman is wonderful as Bilbo Baggins, and it was wonderful to see Sir Ian McKellan back again as Gandalf.

Despite my enjoyment of the film, I doubt I’ll get to either of the next two films at the cinema. I really do not have the patience for it. I expect I’ll watch them once they get their DVD release. I expect.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was nominated for Oscars for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Achievement in Production Design and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. It was nominated for BAFTAs for Best Make Up/Hair, Best Sound and Best Special Effects.