Movie of the Week: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Silke and I are big fans of Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. We have watched all the movies in the cinema and several times on DVD or Blu-Ray. When we heard that Peter Jackson is also making a movie based on the The Hobbit, the prequel to the original The Lord of the Rings books, we were of course looking forward to seeing it. Like most people we were surprised that in the end Peter Jackson didn’t make one but three movies.

Last week Silke and I finally went to see the first part The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It had all the things that made The Lord of the Rings trilogy really enjoyable: an decent adaption of the story, well written and played characters, views of fantastic landscapes, a lot of action and last but not least excellent special effects. The decision to turn the book into three movies seems to work out alright. The film doesn’t feel incomplete like the original cinema cuts of the first three movies. It sometimes is almost a bit lengthy but usually picks up the pace quickly again.

I really enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and am definitely looking forward to the next two movies. I only wish they would get released sooner.