Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

On the night I couldn't breathe properly because I ate too much, Anna, Tita Ising, and I went to the SM Digital Theater at the Mall of Asia to watch "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". I made that suggestion because (1) I am an avid fan of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, (2) I loved Peter Jackson's take on the trilogy and wanted to see his interpretation of The Hobbit, and (3) I couldn't walk because I was too full! I needed to sit down and let my stomach settle first before moving any further.

As soon as the movie began, I felt like I was back in Middle Earth. But instead of going back to the land of Mordor or to Fangorn Forest or to Rohan, I was introduced to Legolas' and Gimli's homelands: Mirkwood and Erebor... and to their kin as well. Throughout the movie, I felt at a loss because I didn't see the Nine Travelers being led by Aragorn (but mostly because I didn't see the future king of the Reunited Kingdom). I guess it will take some time to get used to the presence of Thorin and his band of dwarves in lieu of the Travelers. After all, I don't think Aragorn was already a warrior during the timeline of The Hobbit.

The movie was great! I liked the way the story began just before Bilbo's party and how Frodo's presence bridged this movie with Fellowship of the Ring. I can't wait for the next two movies!!