Big Names and Big Feet: The Hobbit in Theatres Now

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came to theatres on December 14th, 2012. The film has a running time of 169 minutes and a rating of PG-13.

It was directed by Peter Jackson, who also directed the original Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The plot is about a hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who helps a group of thirteen dwarves and Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) reclaim gold and other treasures from Smaug the Dragon. They encounter several enemies along the way, including Orcs, Goblins, and Trolls. The group also meets allies, such as elves and another wizard.

Though this movie is a prequel to Lord of the Rings, Elijah Wood returns for his role as Frodo Baggins, Bilbo Baggins’ nephew, and Ian Holm once again makes an appearance as the older version of Bilbo Baggins. Other returning actors include Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Christopher Lee as Saruman, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

All of the actors remained true to character from the books. The dialogue, actions, and reactions were all the same. The actors were well chosen and brought the characters to life.

Though the movie was similar to the books, there were also several differences, particularly where the movie expanded on what was in the books. Many viewers who had read The Hobbit before seeing the movie found themselves thinking, “Was this in the book?” Changes included the appearances as Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy), and Azog the Pale Orc (Manu Bennett).

As unusual as it may seem, there was singing within the movie. The songs were taken directly from the book and were given tunes. These songs included Blunt the Knives, Misty Mountains, and an unnamed song sung by the goblins. The background music fit well with the mood, and an instrumental revision of Misty Mountains played during most of the action scenes.

The transitions between camera angles were smooth, and though the film was also made in 3D, the 2D version was still fantastic. There were only a few moments that the viewer could tell were meant for 3D, because of the extreme angles.

Fans will anxiously await The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again to complete this long-awaited trilogy.

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