the hobbit: an unexpected journey

After dinner on Thursday, I met Zhiqi and we went to attend my company’s Members’ Appreciation Nite, where we screened The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to members who had previously purchased tickets at $10 a pair. We were in the last row, with some of my colleagues and their friends and family.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, based on The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, is the first instalment of a trilogy, which is in turn a prequel series to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The movie tells the story of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who is joins wizard Gandalf, dwarf Thorin Oakenshield and a ragtag bunch of 11 other dwarves on their quest to reclaim Lonely Mountain and all its treasures from Smaug the dragon. At 169 minutes, The Hobbit is one long movie, and some of the scenes do feel a little longwinded at times, but they are full of action, so we didn’t feel the dragginess that much. And the fact that there were quite a few hilarious scenes helped as well.

Some of the the scenes I really liked:

  • When Gandalf tricks Bilbo into hosting a party for the dwarfs, which was really hilarious, and when the dwarfs sang a sad song about the Lonely Mountain during the party – very haunting!
  • When trolls caught everyone but Gandalf and wanted to eat them, but the dwarves continued to quarrel with each other in the face of the predicament.
  • The eccentric wizard Radagast the Brown with all his various quirks, and who rides a sled pulled by super fast rabbits
  • The gigantic Great Goblin, whose goblin followers had captured the heroes – I found him supremely hilarious, and too bad he just died after falling off a bridge – LAME!

The part where Bilbo met Gollum among the rocks by the side of a lake was pretty scary at times. Once, when Gollum disappeared, and Bilbo went around looking to see where he’d gone, I immediately squealed, ‘Behind you!’ And was shushed by Zhiqi. But yes, Gollum was behind Bilbo, as expected! :P

The movie ended when some giant eagles which came out from nowehere to rescue the heroes from Orcs (although I felt that they should have made it clear that the eagles helped because Gandalf had saved their lord’s life previously – I googled this information; none of it was in the movie). Overall, quite a good action movie!

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