The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012
This is the first of three films which are based on The Hobbit, a book by J.R.R Tolkien (who also wrote Lord of the Rings) Considering all the problems this movie-project have had lately with everything from fire, accusing of animal abuse to the leaving of the original director (Guillermo del Toro), this movie turned out to be better than I thought it would be. The prolouge is both epic and spectaluar at the same time and Martin Freemn does a fine job portraying young Bilbo Baggins. The scene in Bilbos house is a bit too long as is the rest of the film, but it is not a boring movie at all. Again we have stunning helicopter-shots of the beautiful landscape of Zew Zealand (perhaps too few?), the fight scenes is well executed and looks even more real now, and the special effects is gorgeous. Gollum looks even better now and Ian McKellen is always solid as Gandalf, nice to see Christopher Lee again and Elijah Wood also has a small role. Overall I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to the next two installment of The Hobbit.