December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

January 5, 2013

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey (3D - 2012)

When it's over, Peter Jackson does not disappoint. The people of Middle Earth are in  capable hands.  Jackson is the perfect director, if not, only director who can truly bring the story of Bilbo Baggins and the origins of the ring to life. Running at almost three hours, each character was introduced with care and each setting was meticulously dressed to serve the scene and to develop the characters (ex: Bilbo's home, the Goblins' underworld, and the Dwarves' kingdom).  Jackson took great care in remaining faithful to J.R.R Tolkien's middle earth classic about a reluctant Hobbit (Martin Freeman) who goes on a journey to help the Dwarves reclaim their home. The great thing about Jackson was that he didn't try to re-invent Tolkien's story.  He gave imaginative visuals to the complex book narrative.  He tied this film expertly to the Lord of the Rings trilogy through the use of colors, music, cinematography, and set design.  I felt as if The Hobbit was filmed concurrently with LOTR.  It was that rich in details, especially in scenes of Rivendell and The Shire. There were many familiar faces including, Gollum, Galadriel, Elrond, Gandalf, Saruman, and Frodo; plus new faces, notably, Richard Armitage as Thorian, the Dwarf warrior.  I can't wait for the follow up film, due out Dec. 2013.  

My rating: 5 out of 5


  1. Don't forget the music... much of it was very similar to the existing trilogy. That appealing "hauntish" celtic melodies.

  2. The music captured and established the mood. The added hymns sung by the Dwarves were effective by offering me a better understanding of their history and traditions.