"The Hobbit" is a precursor to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy that most people are already familiar with based off of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. This particular story takes place 60 years before Frodo(Woods) even thinks about embarking on an adventure of his own.
This movie did wonders at the box office raking in over 1 Billion dollars and still continues to earn with it now being available for purchase and rental. Fans of the 1977 animated version won't be disappointed, as the film delivers the same elements of adventure and more...a lot more. So let's take a closer look at middle-earth, as we delve into the Unhinged Review.
If you thought this film was just about dwarfs, magical swords and dragons, you would be sadly mistaken.
"The Hobbit" demonstrates what can happen in one's life when opportunity knocks and you choose to answer the call of action. Most of us are presented with extra-ordinary opportunities all the time and choose to remain idle and let life fly by. Bilbo was presented with an incredible proposition and instead of letting time slip through his fingers, he chose to be a part of something bigger than the world that he could understand. How many adventures or life-changing experiences have you let vaporize before your eyes?
To start, Bilbo is contacted by, Gandolf(McKellen), who requests his assistance on a mission that is fraught with peril and no certainty of ever returning home. Bilbo initially rejects the idea of going on a "suicide mission" and tells Gandolf that he won't be joining him on the adventure. Gandolf, who is not one to take no for an answer, uses a bit of persuasion to bring Bilbo into the light. Once Bilbo finds his inner courage, he joins the team and plays a vital role in the success of their journey. Courage is a large theme that is evident throughout the film, for without courage one cannot wish to be or become what they were meant to be.
Fear of failure is something that stops most people dead in their tracks, that uncomfortable feeling of not knowing what lies ahead. For some this last a few moments, maybe even a few months, but for others it can last a lifetime. Imagine being afraid to step out of your comfort zone for years of your life, but only to find out that it was unwarranted when you finally decide to take action. Again, as I said earlier, this movie is a fantasy adventure that has so much more to offer. One could say that people can actually learn a few life lessons from Bilbo's journey, from Bilbo's outlook on life.
"The Hobbit" goes even further into the psyche of people as coping with sadness, grief and anger are all motivating and incapacitating factors of characters within the film. This movie is full of psychological references, but that's not the only reason to watch this film. The landscape within "The Hobbit" is breath-taking, as the movie is filmed in the beautiful location of New Zealand. It'd be easy to think that most of the backgrounds are CGI, but the majority of elements shown in the film are real and just that beautiful. Imagine that, a movie set already created only just needing the right ideas and people to throw in a few extras here and there.
The action within the film is focused and it doesn't involve a lot of useless slashing to kill hordes of mindless trolls. The villains have personality and their own back-story, these are the many benefits we get when a movie is derived from a book. There are a few action scenes in the film that rival "The Lord Of The Rings", but you can tell that there was effort put into allowing this film to have strength of it's own. I'd imagine that the film crews would want to remake "LOTR" again if they could to compete with this awesome film. Even after watching the movie, your mind still wants to revisit some of the most notable characters.
Gollum for example, is always a enjoyable character to watch and especially in this one, you really get to see how loose his screws are. I don't want to spoil the film for those that have not yet seen it, but I would love to discuss it in the comment section below. Also I'm sure most of you know by now that they are planning two more films to go along with this one, just as they did with "The Lord Of The Rings". So if you haven't seen "The Hobbit" yet, rent it or buy it today and get a few life jewels with your entertainment. Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for the masses, as it gives plenty of nutrition amongst the dwarfs and fire-breathing dragons.
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