Film Preview: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

WHAT looks to be the Christmas movie event of 2012 is merely hours away. What can we expect?

This year we have seen many spectacular films grace our silver screens, including Skyfall, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, but I think The Hobbit will top the lot as the best film of 2012.

Everything we loved about the Lord of the Rings trilogy is back; action-packed scenes, raging battles, awe-inspiring locations and a whole lot of mythical beings; in particular, a ‘merry’ band of dwarves. Peter Jackson certainly seems to be living up to the grandeur of the Tolkien’s heroic tale. The theatrical trailer gets you excited for the film from the off, each frame indicating a film brilliantly crafted, and expertly cast and acted.

The film follows Bilbo Baggins as he goes off on his adventure across Middle Earth, but, as the trailer teases, he is only along for the journey because Gandalf is afraid of what is to come. Despite this dark undertone, it seems like there is going to be a lot more humour in this film than there was in LOTR, and not only due to Freeman’s portrayal of Bilbo.

A huge cast has been lined up to take on the many iconic roles, including Martin Freeman as the eponymous hobbit Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the dwarves. These new characters are joined by some familiar faces from the LOTR trilogy, such as Sir Ian McKellen, back as the grey-garbed Gandalf and, of course, the return of the excellent Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due for release on 13th December and is sure to be the first of an epic, blockbuster trilogy of films.