Popcorn and a Movie!

At home theater DVD releases:

The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey (2012)
New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Director

The 1937 novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien is brought to life by the capable hands of Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings Trilogy fame and why not since this is just the first installment of the Tolkien epic adventure.

Jackson is creative in bringing back familiar characters from the LOTR series to tie up all the eventual six movies, seamlessly transforming the trilogy into a hexology?

For instance, Frodo isn’t in the Hobbit, but he is in the Unexpected Journey film transitioning the Hobbit series into the start of the Fellowship of the Rings, and so on and so on.

You don’t have to be a fan of Lord of the Rings, nor do you have to have read the books, to follow the adventures of the main character, Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who enjoys food, a warm fire, a good smoke and quietness.

                                               The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey trailer

But of course, an adventure doesn't usually concern itself with such things.
Instead, this first movie will have a great deal of discomfort for Baggins, but if you enjoy epic fantasy, humorous characters, dwarves, action and fun, then you will put up with the drawn out historical flashbacks that pad the story from Tolkien’s other, less read novel referencing all the LOTR and Hobbit back stories, the Silmarillion.

It is a visual movie, filled with striking worlds and creatures, well done and enhanced by a beautiful movie score by Howard Shore.

As a geek, nerdish mother of four boys, it’s awesome! As a true fan, a reader of the book is a smorgishborg of Tolkien delight.

As your regular, average movie watcher it should capture your attention and bring you into the story and maybe you will be eager for the next movie in Dec. 2013, The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit is PG-13 for violence. There are scary things in Middle Earth and much sword and arrow fighting, and the Worgs, are vicious wolves that are ridden by even uglier Goblins. But the most disturbing of all characters is Smeagol, also known as Gollum, the once hobbit like creature that is a very vital story line for all the LOTR series.

If you are not into epic fantasy, then skip this film, but take care, if you enjoy a road adventure with fighting and camaraderie, you might be missing out.

Teens and adolescents will love it, adults in touch with their inner child will love it, and any reader of Tolkien should not miss it.

After all, who doesn’t enjoy a charming short man with hairy feet such as Bilbo Baggins?

As for me, I recommend it enthusiastically! I give it a full 4 buckets of popcorn rating!



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