a movie review by Alexander Lloyd Curran
“I know you doubt me. I know you always have. I often think of Bag End. That’s where I belong. That’s home. You don’t have one. It was taken from you, but I will help you get it back if I can.”
From the smallest beginnings come the greatest legends.
A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the first part from Peter Jackson adapting Tolkein’s loved book. A book for our youth and elders, capturing humour while attaining deeper meaning and significance.
This film not only captures the essence and greatness of the story but also goes many steps further.
At times with the details regarding the back story it is like reading The Silmarillion where we are treated to such impeccable sequences and roots. A radical return to form using all sources available regarding Tolkien.
Peter Jackson gives the film the masterful, visionary strokes it deserves and goes beyond even the book itself with even more analytical precision to paint a bigger picture.
Detailed, passionate and a perfect example of beauty and storytelling.
Certain stories focus on honour, on courage, and on the struggle and fight for home. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is one of these rarities which will spark action and inspiration, in the sense, those few of us who can comprehend such a call to arms. That can appreciate and value the importance not merely regarding the destination or sentiment, but the enduring journey. This is an experience and a reminder that we must act and the story applies to our situation and reality. This is the beauty that stems from such a masterpiece and an adaptation worthy of such praise.
Our efforts, no matter how big or small, make a difference. The Hobbit reminds us of tradition, culture, and a social path more in tune with nature.
It is a beautiful escape from the artificial ugliness that we see in such tainted liberal societies, who are in a cocoon of complacency and undisciplined laziness.
This first part of The Hobbit does its uttermost best to wake up audiences by setting a glorious yet humble example. An example of brotherhood, comradeship, patriotism, loyalty, faith and spirit.
This is bravery and courage and it still exists even if many seem to have forgotten.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is truly acceptable for such a high standard, for such nobility held by virtues and for our people it is indeed appropriate. Peter Jackson crafts a tale of love, faith, strength, blood and honour.
Thus Jackson effortlessly puppeteers the cast seamlessly, like a spider meticulously spinning a web, immersing and blending all into middle earth.
Fran Walsh and Guillermo del Toro worked on the screenplay and it shows. High quality and their usual finesse is apparent in the glow of the storytelling and natural characters.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin make the characters legends, strong and to be idolised for their enduring qualities.
Freeman’s originating English properness and sheltered life growing into a revolutionary and adventurer a warrior is greatness: An evolution of Bilbo through experience, battles and travel. Armitage wonderfully projects royalty and authority while still being constrained of being a dwarf.
Ian McKellen’s return as the wizard Gandalf is as always legendary, comedic and a prophet.
Andy Serkis’s Smeagol is beautifully detailed and we see an example of Bilbo expressing empathy in sparing such a tortured soul. His schizophrenic tendencies reminded me of certain work in psychology and how such a condition can develop when faced with such an isolated situation and corrupting power.
Regarding others in the dwarf company conclude in being far too many for individual analysis.
As a group and collective they provide excessive amounts of humour and energy.
At the same time they endure the heavy burden, the ongoing hardship of having lost their home and are fighting to have their home back.
We see many Lord of the Rings characters return such as Frodo, Saruman, Galadriel, Elrond. It is full of detail which excels even the book yet keeping the playful nature in tact.
I loved seeing Radhagast the brown, the elves, a younger ‘pure’ seemingly good version of Sauron, the three trolls, teased with brief glimpses of Smaug, then witnessing those riddles in the dark where Bilbo encounters Smeagol… Breathtaking landscapes and architecture which resparks urges to travel and be in natural spheres once more in life.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is perfection and is one the best films to ever be made in this lifetime alongside the LOTR trilogy.
Great storytelling, amazing visuals, wonderful performances.
The film grips audiences via a multitude of levels in a relentless manner. This film is sending a clear message to those truly listening:
We are part of something greater than ourselves, fighting for something older towards a secured future. Striving now for a return to greatness, reforged and even greater upon realisation and action.
Our home and our way of life will be reclaimed. Order will be restored. This is the beginning.
“We will reclaim our homeland. I will take each and every one of these dwarves over the mightiest army. Loyalty, honor, a willing heart, I can ask no more than that.”