The Hobbit Movie Review
by Adam Huddleston
A few days ago, my son and I watched the first of the recent Hobbit movies, “An Unexpected Journey”. I was extremely proud of him for finishing the book and excited to begin viewing the films with him. I had seen the movies when they first came out, but that was admittedly several years ago.
My first observation of the film is that the writers attempted to include much of the exact dialogue from the novel. A lot of our favorite lines made the movie and that is always enjoyable. Another thing I noticed is that the film makers did a fairly decent job of making Bilbo the main character. However, it did irk me that they really pushed the character of Thorin Oakenshild. I understand that he is important to the tale, but it seemed that the movie focuses a bit too much on him.
Another failure of the film is it’s overabundance of CGI special effects. When done correctly, computer-generated images blend in perfectly with the scene and are not noticeable. When not, they stand out like a sore thumb. For example, the groups’ escape from the goblins near the end of the film is so scattered and cluttered, I had a difficult time distinguishing what was happening.
Overall, the film is a good effort at capturing Tolkien’s tale in live-action, however, it could have been done much cleaner. Still, if you are a fan of the story and/or fantasy films, I would recommend giving “An Unexpected Journey” a once over.