FILM: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (3-D)
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings’, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’.
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug.
Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield.
Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.
Also reprising their roles from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in ‘The Hobbit Trilogy’ are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as Old Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
“‘The Hobbit’ has a breathless pace because Tolkien was writing it as a story for his children and for the children of the world,” Jackson notes. “It’s a ripping yarn that moves from event to event, and really doesn’t stop.
It’s a little more humorous than ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the characters are a little more colorful, but it nonetheless has elements of greed and madness, of an innocent who is changed forever, and of the gathering forces that will lead directly into the events in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. This is where it all starts.”
CAST: IAN McKELLEN, Martin Freeman, CATE BLANCHETT, CHRISTOPHER LEE, HUGO WEAVING, ELIJAH WOOD, ANDY SERKIS, RICHARD ARMITAGE, JED BROPHY, ADAM BROWN, JOHN CALLEN, MARK HADLOW, PETER HAMBLETON, STEPHEN HUNTER, WILLIAM KIRCHER, SYLVESTER McCOY, GRAHAM McTAVISH, JAMES NESBITT, DEAN O’GORMAN, AIDAN TURNER, KEN STOTT, BARRY HUMPHRIES, IAN HOLM
DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson