The Greatest Adventure

An Unexpected Journey

I was able to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on New Years Eve. Being a fan of the book I have been waiting for this movie ever since the end of the Lord of the Rings movies. The Hobbit was always one of my favorite J.R.R. Tolkien books. A simple adventure to save a kingdom from a Dragon named Smaug.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first part of this film series, followed by The Desolation of Smaug, and finally There and Back Again. It seemed odd at first that they would split this one book into three movies. Lord of the Rings was actually written as three books so it made sense, but ever since the Star Wars trilogy it seems expected to have three movies. Movies also make more money if they’re a trilogy as opposed to just one movie.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, The Hobbit is about Bilbo Baggin’s adventure to the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf the Grey visits Bilbo’s home, The Shire, to invite Biblo on an adventure to help a group of dwarves save their home from the dragon, Smaug.

The beginning of the movie starts off a little different than the books. They introduce you to an older Bilbo Baggins, who is writing his book for his nephew Frodo. The time is established that this scene takes place right at the beginning of Fellowship of the Ring, right before Bilbo’s birthday party. Even though this scene was not in the book it is a nice transition between both movie franchises. Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings franchise, returns to his role for a short time in the film.

Thorin’s Map

I loved the music in this movie the most. A lot of the songs used in the movie we taken directly from the book. If I didn’t hear any of these songs, the movie wouldn’t have felt right. The main theme for the movie is a song about The Lonely Mountain that is directly from the story.

The dragon, Smaug.

The movies main antagonist is a dragon, Smaug, who you don’t actually see a full shot of in the entire film. I love it when filmmakers hide the main villain till the very end. The book is really not that different in this aspect in hiding the villain. You are told about Smaug and you know he is a dragon, but that is about it.

I am really happy with how they put this film together. When I first heard that there was going to be a movie made based on The Hobbit I assumed that it was just a cash grab. Not to say that it still isn’t, because it definitely is that, but it is also a very well made movie. I definitely will be seeing the next part of this film series.

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Adam grew up in the 90s watching the Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman animated shows. Even though he didn't collect comic books then, he was always interested in the characters.

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