Designed as a prequel to the Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit is an epic-fantasy new trilogy fully shot in 3D, the film will be released in 2D, regular 3D and IMAX 3D. Future parts II and III, The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and There and Back Again (2014) of The Hobbit will also be filmed using 3D, each film has a budget of $150 million with Peter Jackson being the executive producer of the whole series. A game based on The Hobbit, called Guardians of Middle-earth is available for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, with Warner Brothers developing two online free to play games to promote the series, titled The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age.
Set in the fantasy world of Middle Earth The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey starts with a necessary long preamble before evolving into action.
The film was shot at 48 frames per second using a new technology called “High Frame Rate 3D” (HFR 3D), as opposed to a standard film of 24fps, this makes The Hobbit looks much more more realistic, with higher picture quality but one huge one drawback, the crystal clear image highlights too much the CGI fantasy elements, like superimposed animals and wigs, exposing them too much to the viewer. On the positive side the scenes really bring you inside Tolkien’s fantasy world, with something that looks similar to a pop-up storybook. The film execution, as you could expect from an Academy award winning director like Peter Jackson, was technically audacious, with the right angle shots, nicely paced and a spot on script and acting. This is a beautiful movie that will please Lord Of The Rings fans but will not leave them with an awesome taste of mouth and it might be found mediocre by new comers to the series.
Synopsis: The wizard Gandalf arrives to a quiet shire where a group of Hobbits live and convinces one of them, Bilbo Baggins, to join a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. The journey takes Bilbo through a path of treacherous lands swarming with orcs, goblins and other dangers.
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage
Runtime: 169 minutes