After the huge success of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy the next chapter of his narrative draws us back to the beginning when Bilbo Baggins was still in his youth and the many adventures that he had in his book “There and Back Again” or as the acclaimed director Peter Jackson simply puts it as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. If you can recall in the movie, Bilbo is the uncle of the main character Frodo Baggins played by Elijah Wood. Fans all over the world have been clamoring for years to see another movie about the world that Tolkien created, and finally we are going to see it again.
The movie is set to be released worldwide on December 14, 2012 and as a fan myself; I am eagerly waiting for that moment. The trilogy earned a total of $2,917,506,956 in the box office and I’m expecting that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will fair as much or do even better, not to mention the number of sequels that it will make as I’m already predicting its huge success confidently. Considering that this is a Peter Jackson film, yes you can bet that it’s going to be grand and awesome.
The plot of the story is as ever wondrous as the mystery and adventure that surrounds it and it begins by Gandalf (Ian McKellen - the great actor that he is) tricking Bilbo (Martin Freeman) to go on a treasure hunting trip on the Lonely Mountain to steal the treasure from Smaug the great dragon who resides there. Bilbo who was so full of himself and a bag of a fool agreed to lead his pack of hobbits into the Lonely Mountain, especially now that Gandalf has shown him a secret map that leads to the doorway of the Mountain. However, Gandalf did not leave the little ones traveling on their own, he watched over them in case they ran into trouble, as we already have witnessed before these hobbits are a real trouble maker. To save the thrill and excitement of the story I will simply say that the group had encountered many characters including the Wood Elves, the human inhabitants of a small Lake Town that sits at the foothills of the Lonely Mountain, some goblins and Wargs and the story culminated into the epic Battle of the Five Armies – for those who have read the book then you do not ever want to miss seeing this on the big screens!
So gear up and have your money ready and be ahead of time when the cinemas open 4 months from now, and get ready to be enthralled by the enchanted world of the hobbits as only Tolkien and Peter Jackson can imagine it.
Here's the official trailer of the movie: