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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Movie Review

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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is a stupendous movie.  An instant classic that is visually spectacular and interesting enough that the 170 minutes felt like 30, it was over just as it was getting interesting.  🙂

the hobbitDirector Peter Jackson takes a few liberties with the book ostensibly to set up the “Lord of the Rings” movies.  I normally cringe at large differences from a book, but, overall, those liberties are helpful and enriching.  On the one hand, the visuals of the Dwarve empire before Smaug is outstanding, lending visuals to my imagination.  On the other hand, the addition of the white Ork chasing the  group of adventurers could have been left out.

Perfectly content to sit at home, Bilbo Baggins (perfectly acted by Martin Freeman) life changes when Gandalf (the spectacular Ian McKellen) offers him an “adventure”.  After some deliberation, Bilbo, with 13 Dwarves,  goes on the adventure of a lifetime.

This movie ends on page 122 (of 330) of the version of the book I recently re-read.  There are plenty of adventures to go over the next two years, and I am looking forward to them!

There are two be-headings  but, they are done in such a way as to not be gruesome.  Little kids may not be able to handle the violence (even though it is not graphic).  Everyone else should love it.  No f-words or other curse words that I can recall.  I liked seeing characters from “Lord of the Rings”.  Andy Serkis, as Gollum, is, as usual, stunning.

A must see movie in the theater.  Be aware that some people watching it in 3D are experiencing motion sickness.  We do not like 3D (for several reasons) and watched it in 2D.  We were fine, and feel we did not lose anything visually.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at the Tracy, CA CineMark theater where our poster is STILL UP.

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