By Anna Chanthaphavong
Peter Jackson, director of the hit trilogy “Lord of the Rings”, brings everyone back into the world of Middle Earth. Jackson will be directing The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Ring, into three movies; An Unexpected Journey, Desolation of Smaug and There and Back again. When I first found out about the making of the movie, I was excited for it, but at the same time was nervous of how it would turn out. But after after watching it in theaters, I fell in love with the movie like I originally hoped.
For those who don’t know, The Hobbit is about Bilbo Baggins, a regular hobbit from the Shire, who finds himself accompanying 13 dwarves on a journey, which is lead by Thorin Oakenshield, soon to be king under the mountain, to reclaim their homeland in Erebor from the all mighty dragon, Smaug. Throughout the journey, they are faced with troll, goblins and elves, with Azog the Defiler on their trail. And in the story, Bilbo meets the creature Gollum, and finds something that could change the fate of Middle Earth.
The movie has a new cast like Sherlock star Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, and Lee Pace as Thranduil. Jackson has also brought back previous actors from The Lord of the Rings such as; Ian Mckellen, who will be back playing Gandalf the Grey, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
I grew up reading J.R.R Tolkien’s work, so it’s a big part of my childhood. Jackson has done a fantastic job with creating The Lord of the Rings into a movie, and has done the same with The Hobbit. I worried that the characters would look terrible, since the story had dwarves, goblins, trolls and orcs. But he has chosen the perfect cast to portray all the characters, and has done amazing with the special effects. He uses special effects for all the goblins, orcs, trolls and rock giants, which seems impossible to make look realistic, but in the end, it turned out perfect. All the characters were exactly how I imagined them as a I child; with their appearances, voices, and personality right on the spot, and it amazes me how Jackson can do all of it. He has also shown the everyone the beauty of New Zealand once more with the scenery of the movie. But even though I love the movie, there was some flaws in it. A few unnecessary scenes were added, and were somewhat dragging on. But those little changes have not ruined the movie.
If you’re a big Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan as I am, I personally recommend you watching or buying The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And I also recommending watching the sequels, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, which will be coming out December 13, 2013. It will be including Orlando Bloom, coming back as Legolas, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, a new female elf created by Jackson, and Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug. This movie will bring you on an action pack journey, throughout the beautiful world of Middle Earth.