After the Lord of the Rings, fans clamored for Peter Jackson to direct and produce the exciting story that came before the Fellowship of the Ring was formed. The story of Bilbo Baggins and his great, unexpected adventure told by J.R.R. Tolkein in The Hobbit. Released on December 14th, 2012 The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey has already grossed $706,450,337 in Box Office sales with the next installment of the trilogy scheduled for release in December 2013.
As a long time fan of J.R.R Tolkein and his works, I was greatly anticipating the arrival of The Hobbit and rushed to see it the weekend after it arrived in theaters. For anyone not familiar with the novel The Hobbit is the tale of a younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who sets out on a "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.
Going into the movie, I was unaware of the fact that it was in fact the first part of a trilogy and as such I felt the movie seemed to drag on. In hindsight, the movie did move at a fairly decent pace all things considered. The way Jackson linked The Hobbit to the other three Lord of the Rings movies was very effective and wasn't overtly "in your face".
The visuals of all the different locations was, once again, nothing short of breathtaking and the attention to detail in all of the different scenes was very well executed. From all the detail put into the types of cloth used for each characters' outfit, to the way the design team worked diligently to create all the differences in the different dwarves was astounding and I felt that once again Peter Jackson did not disappoint in the details department.
You know I am a big fan of a movie when I not only go to see it twice, but am willing to spend the extra money to see it in 3-D. Comparing the normal movie to the IMAX 3-D experience I would say that the use of 3-D was tasteful, but not dramatic with most of the effect being used to show distance between the foreground and the background with the occasional bit that had me ducking for cover which was refreshing and made for an amazing viewing experience. If you like movies in 3-D I would highly recommend seeing it in IMAX.
That being said, as a huge fan of the book, I feel that creating a trilogy out of a single book was, perhaps, not the best choice. The book in itself isn't the biggest and I feel that while two movies would have made more sense, three just seems that the overall goal wasn't to recreate a beloved story, but to make more money.
All in all I think the storyline was spot on, the visuals were beautiful, but the execution came up lacking. I can't wait to see the remaining two movies and hope to see you all there for the next installment of The Hobbit trilogy!