I enjoyed An Unexpected Journey and had a fun time watching it at a midnight showing. This movie had a different feel than the LOTR trilogy. In the LOTR, the Hobbits were always the comedic element (“What about second breakfast?”), and in this movie this was more fully developed. In LOTR, the world was at risk of being destroyed and Frodo was tasked to prevent that, resulting in a much more dramatic and somber tone for that trilogy. AUJ was more lighthearted and had several moments that were laugh out loud.
While I enjoyed this new adventure in Middle-Earth, at times I felt that I was re-watching FOTR. In various scenes, I was reminded of a similar action or event that took place in the LOTR trilogy. There were also musical cues that were reminiscent of the previous trilogy. I haven’t decided if this is a good thing or not, as I felt it was overdone. I know that this was done intentionally, so as to thematically tie in the two trilogies. I have only watched the movie the one time, up to this point, so I’m not sure if I like this or not. I would have liked these moments to be more subtle than what they were. Who knows, maybe after seeing it again a few more times, it won’t matter.
Overall, I would recommend The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to anyone semi-interested in seeing it. If you liked the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you will like this film. However, you may not love AUJ. While I enjoyed this movie and will watch it again in theaters and will buy the Blu Ray, I did not love it. I compare it to The Two Towers, in that I liked the film, but felt it could have been better. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being totally awesome, I would give it an 8. It’s definitely worth seeing and it is better than the majority of movies out there. Continue reading “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”