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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012 film)

The first part of Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel which is being shot in 3D.

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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'...a 3D trip through Middle Earth at 48fps (Video)

  • Dec 13, 2012
They're back...the orcas, goblins, faires, dwarfs, dragons wizards and Mr. Hobbit, Bilboa Baggins (Martin Freeman) and a camero by Hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood)

Shot in 48FPS, instead of the usual 24, as well as 3D, Peter Jackson has once again created a visually stunning, exciting, magical film that takes us on a journey through Middle Earth.

The film opens with an aged Frodo (Ian Holm) telling a story.  We are instantly transported to the dwarfs' kingdom known as Erebor.  It's here the little guys are living happily ever after with their gold and gem stones.. That is until they get a visit from a fire breathing dragon known as Smaug.  This is one nasty monster.

He not only destroys the Dwarfs home, but Smarf steals the Arkenstone, a beautiful jewel that holds great power. 

Okay so after this visually stunning opener, we are then transported to the home of a young Bilboa (Martin Freeman) The little hobbit is living a peaceful, orderly house in Bag End. But his tranquil existence is about to come to an abrupt end.

Out of the blue, Bilboa gets a visit from Gandalf The Grey (Ian McKellan) followed by 13 Dwarfs and their leader, the very sexy and very legendary warrior, Thorin (Richard Armitage).

Gandalf uses every trick in his arsenal to convince  the super relunctant Bilboa to accompany the dwarfs on a trek to find their stolen treasure and reclaim their homeland. 

Little did Bilboa realize that this journey would be an adventure of a lifetime...

One that takes him and the Dwarfs into the Dark Mountain where they encounter treacherous lands swarming with goblins, orcas, deadly Wargs, giant spiders, sorcerers...and of course...
A fellow named Gollum (Andy Serkis) and his Precious..

It's here, inside an underground lake, after finding a RING, Bilboa must discover the  depth of his courage, as the fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance.

For those of you who can't get enough of 'The Hobbit' don't worry...This is the first in a trilogy.

Did I love this film as much as I did 'Lord Of The Rings'?...No...At times the comedy was a bit too much and bordered on corny.  As for the 48 FPS, I didn't mind it.  But I do know many people who absolutely hated it.

Also I would have liked to see more of Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Hugo Weaving (Elrod) and Christopher Lee (Saruman), but I'm sure their parts will be expanded in future films.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opens in theatres Friday December 14, 2012 and I do urge everyone to see it, whether you're a fan or not.  It's a sensational piece of filmmaking by Mr. Jackson.  Not perfect, but really, really good.

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December 15, 2012
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Quick Tip by . May 30, 2011
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To steal a phrase from another classic trilogy that was ruined by horrid prequels and the corporate greed of the director (which seems altogether appropriate), "I have a bad feeling about this."         So, here is my brief overview on The Hobbit film adaptation (including important events leading up to the conception of the film):      1937 - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's mythopoeic children's novel The Hobbit is published to widespread …
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The Hobbit is an upcoming three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and will serve as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, is directing the film and also serves as producer and co-writer.

The film will star Martin Freeman, known for playing Tim Canterbury in the BBC comedy series The Office, as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage, known for playing Lucas North in the BBC drama series Spooks, as Thorin Oakenshield. Several actors from Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom. Additionally, composer Howard Shore, who wrote the score for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has confirmed his role in both parts of the film project.

The three parts, entitled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, are being filmed back to back and are currently in production in New Zealand; principal photography began on 21 March 2011. They will be released on December 14, 2012,  2013 and 2014, respectively.
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