We had the pleasure of reviewing Peter Jackson’s rendition to his fabulous series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. This was the prequel that was long awaited for. It was also the inspiration for the senior member of our team to take up writing over thirty years ago.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is an brilliant undertaking of Director Peter Jackson that helped fill in all the holes, nooks, and crannies that existed in Tolkien’s work, and laid the basis for the series that followed. Many of Gandalf the Grey’s disappearances in the author’s story are now well explained and tie in to the Ring trilogy beautifully. Veteran actor Ian McKellen , in the role of Gandalf, supplies his usual charm and wit that he had used so well in Jackson’s other films.
Martin Freeman , as the young Bilbo, was a great choice and added a sense of time to the story. Ian Holm, as the older Bilbo, and Elijah Wood, who had played Frodo, jumped into the beginning of the film to capture that feeling. Actor Andy Serkis once again played Gollum who’s character portrayed all its true nature in its later films but with a touching new view of his being that gives reason to why Bilbo and Frodo had pity on him.
The addition of actor Richard Armitage as Thorin, leader of the Dwarfs, was not an unwelcome surprise. Although younger than expected, he displayed the true ferocity of the Dwarf warrior, and will certainly attract the ladies of the audience. Sylvester McCoy, as Radagast the Brown, was a puzzling surprise though, as his name was only briefly mentioned in the original novel. So, too, was the meeting of the White Council, but both additions were a brilliant move by Jackson to help tie all the Ring films together and further explain the side journeys of Gandalf.
The J&J Team is looking forward to the next two films in the Hobbit series to report them to our readers. Some may complain that having three films for The Hobbit, which was just one novel compared to the Rings-Trilogy, but it will become clearly evident that Jackson’s efforts will give a better insight to the works of Tolkien.
This film is a ‘must see’ for Tolkien affectionerios, and we predict that it will do very well at the Box Office and after-market sales of memorabilia and toys.