Movie Review: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' - visually spectacular fantasy
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Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy
Serkis, Aidan Turner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom and
Director: Peter Jackson
Rating: * * *1/2
There is something appealing about "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". It transports you to a world of fantasy. A land long forgotten with wizards, dwarves, dragons, elves, orcs, trolls, goblins, stone giants and the likes.
Peter Jackson's prequel to the hugely popular epic fantasy-adventure "Lord of the Rings" trilogy - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is, noticeably, different; lighter in some respects, but at par. If you enjoyed "Lord of the Rings", you will love this.
Set in the City of Dale in Middle Earth, the story of the Unexpected Journey is the transformation of the protagonist, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), from an anxious stay-at-home hobbit to a war hero. It is also the voyage of the dwarves to reclaim their homeland, the Kingdom of Maurya, from the Dragon.
The film starts on a somewhat slow and it takes a while for the setting to sink in, action to kick in and the story to roll.