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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure


Film buffs, let’s be honest anything that Peter Jackson has his name on ends up being some sort of a success. When you hear the name Peter Jackson, you probably think of The Lord Of the Rings. If you’re a little more clued up than that you’ll think of District 9- which I still don’t think can be classified as a South African movie!- King KongThe Adventures of Tintin and most recently, The Hobbit. Ah, The Hobbit

I had to put that very British “Ah” in there for the sake of our South African born, JRR Tolkien- surprising right? That he’s South African born, I mean. Who knew that such a mind could be birthed in Bloemfontein, South Africa of all places? :) No…er… offence.

Moving swiftly along dear film buffs. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will inspire the first of the two part series in 2012. The plotline is pretty simple, unassuming Bilbo Baggins, our neighbourhood hobbit, is summoned by Gandalf the White on a journey that with thirteen other dwarves. Danger, battle, magic and the presence of a dark and strange magic quakes beneath the very earth they tread upon. Goblins, shapeshifters, sorcerers, Wargs and Orcs of every imaginable kind fill the atmosphere with nightmarish fear. Neverthless, Bilbo and his merry men must don on the belt of courage and wade through swamps of magic.

Nevertheless, they must fulfill their epic quest. They must repossess that Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the clutches of the dragon, the dragon which stirs up fear in the hearts of every creature, Smaug. 

But the epic voyage doesn’t end here. In fact, it’s just the beginning because the destiny of Middle- Earth is embroiled in the chance meeting between Bilbo and of course… Gollum. Gollum possess an enchanted ring that holds the power of life and death. Bilbo will possess this ring, as we know, and life as they know it, will be changed forever. 

Martin Freeman

(you might remember his performance in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, or you might just remember… 42 ;) ) plays Bilbo Baggins and the rest of the cast has relatively remained the same. The same being the likes of Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

Toby Maguire (the first Spiderman franchise) was actually considered for Bilbo Baggins’ role which I think would’ve been awful because how does Pete Jackson expect anyone to dissociate Toby Maguire from Spiderman. Half the time we’ll be wondering why he didn’t use his spider sense against “Gobby”- granted there are enough Goblins and giant spiders to fill our screen, choosing Maguire would’ve been superfluous :p. 

Oh, one last thing. Can I say before I go that I absolutely love that this cast is gorgeously UKish or at least has some connection to the Queen, by that I mean New Zealandish or Australian. Like James Nesbitt, the great Ian McKellan and Legolas…ahem… Orlando Bloom.

 It somehow restores an original somethingness of Tolkien’s work. Anyway, it outta be a gripping watch. Maybe this time I’ll actually watch it in the cinema :). Wait…did I just admit to being a pirate…? ;). 

Here’s the trailer:

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