The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)


Hi there! It’s been ages, I know, but I’m back now. So, then, without further ado…….

The movie poster..

The movie poster..(Well, one of them. There seem to be an awful lot of them.)

Last Friday, my grade went to the zoo’s IMAX theater to see The Hobbit, apparently because we had been studying “great battles” or “epic stories” or whatever they said, and nobody really remembered because we just wanted to see the movie. In 3-D, no less. The movie was really interesting. It was a little confusing at times, but I attributed that to not having read the book yet. Yet. I am still trying to get that book in my hands and in my brain. Apparently all of the library’s copies are checked out, last time I checked. But it was also really good. But there were still some times where I would pause and think…Wait….What?

For those of you who haven’t read the book or seen the movie, here’s a short summary of the movie:

Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit is one day unexpectedly approached by the wizard, Gandalf. Gandalf adds Bilbo as the final member of his 13-dwarf company led by the fearsome warrior, Thorin. Their journey encounters scary Orcs, giant spiders, goblins, shapeshifters and more as they set out to reclaim the lost Dwarf kingdom of Erebor from the nasty dragon Smaug who has taken over it. As they pass through the Wild in Middle Earth, they must escape the goblin tunnels, there Bilbo meets the creature named Gollum. Bilbo takes Gollum’s “precious” ring that seems innocent and helpful at the time……a simple golden ring that it tied to the fate of all Middle Earth.

I’ll start with the good.

They do look very much alike....still not the same person though.

They do look very much alike….still not the same person though.

The casting was excellent. Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins was very good. He was perfect to play Bilbo, I think. Ian McKellen was also very good as Gandalf, too. The only thing that bugged me was how much he looked like Michael-Gambon-Dumbledore. He didn’t look like Richard Harris, and besides, he’s dead. Funnily enough, my schoolmates seem to regard me as the one who knows everything about Harry Potter, so at least three of them asked me, “Was that Dumbledore?” “No, no, no,” I replied to every single one, “it’s a different actor.” I only knew that because I sat in my seat and watched the credits up until they announced that Gandalf was played by Ian McKellen.

I like it better that way, as it fits better in my nerdy brain that Dumbledore and Gandalf are long-lost twin brothers or something, and how could they be twins if they were the same person? I’d also like to thank whoever made this chart.

I would also like to mention that the sets were amazing. Riverdell and the Shire were especially good, in my opinion. I was wearing my special 3-D glasses so they seemed especially intricate and big. I ended up tuning the action out a few times and looking at the sets, some of which had to be CG because otherwise it would have taken up an area the size of  Russia.

There’s also strange bits of humor in the films, and they’re very well placed. Personally, I liked the part at the beginning where Balin and Dwalin greet each other in Bilbo’s house and then just bang their heads together. Strange? Yes. Funny? Yes.

Now for the not-so-good. It’s not that the movie is bad or anything, there are just some things that I think ought to be changed.

hobbit #4

First off, they seemed to have an awful lot of problems with monsters. Orcs, goblins, trolls, and the mountain rock people. Just to name a few. The mountain rock people didn’t bug me too much and neither did the trolls, but the goblins were nasty and I’ll elaborate on them later. The Orcs are what I mostly had a problem with, as they popped up entirely too much during the movie and according to people who have actually read the book too, they don’t pop up nearly as much in the book. I suppose all Peter Jackson (the director) wanted to do was just throw in more danger. I still don’t like them very much, though. They’re UG-LEE.

Don’t even get me started on the goblins, they’re just nasty and that’s the goblin king over there. Trust me when I say you do NOT want to see the rest of him. It’s just more warts and hair and snot and more who knows what. I guess, since he’s easily the ugliest of the lot that the ugliest goblin is the king.

hobbit #5

And as I’m seguing into the ugly, one word. Gollum/Smeagol. Gollum is one bang out of order hobbit, just to say. So apparently Gollum was once a hobbit like Bilbo, but he had the ring too long and according to J.R.R. Tolkien you go all crazy and evil if you have it too long. So Bilbo and Gollum have a riddle-contest and Bilbo steals the ring from Gollum and Gollum FREAKS OUT. It’s actually kind of funny if you’re not that scared, because he runs around going “my precious!” I don’t know. I thought it was funny from a nerdy point of view. I’m weird in the way that I like it.

Well, I think I’ve run through the good, the bad and the ugly. Overall, it was a really good movie and I liked it a lot, it was just weird like Gollum sometimes. But I’d watch it again, and you should if you haven’t already.

Rating: 4/5

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