The hobbit an unexpected journey. [videorecording]

hobbit  Lisa  Review by:  Lisa

Title:  The hobbit an unexpected journey. [videorecording]

Starring:  Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner

Collection:  Movies

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 thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. 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.

The Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite film series, and Peter Jackson unequaled in his treatment of the beloved Tolkien books.  The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, who I know best from the BBC series Sherlock, where he plays Watson.  Freeman portrays Bilbo Baggins well as the reluctant hero.  Lighter at heart than the LOTR trilogy, the first installment of the Hobbit films sees the return of favorites like Galdalf and Gollum and introduces new characters.  I was not ready for it to end and look forward to the next film this fall.

 

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