The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Review)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first of a three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to be followed by The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The film premiered in New Zealand on 28 November 2012 and was released internationally on 13 December 2012, where it has since received mixed to positive critical reaction.

I saw this movie with my wife at the local Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock, TX. I will preface this review to state that I have read the novel (a bit it was a good while ago) as well as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I went into this movie expecting it to be a more light hearted movie than the LotR movies because at its heart, The Hobbit was written as a children’s book. Sure it has some more adult moments and themes, but at its core, it is a standard hero’s journey of an unassuming main character. Did I get what I was looking for? Scroll down to find out.

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