The new Peter Jackson version of a J.R.R. Tolkien Middle Earth story, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit the theaters and burst through box office record this weekend. But if you didn’t get a chance to take the family and see it yet, and are still torn, what with all the chatter about high frame-rates and two movies expanded into three, we have a few things you might want to know when making up your mind to venture out, or wait for DVD.
I saw Lord of the Rings, so what’s this one about?
Based on Tolkien’s first, more kid-focused book set in Middle Earth, the trilogy of movies are about a younger Bilbo Baggins (Sherlock’s Martin Freeman playing a younger version of the character Sir Ian Holm portrayed in LOTR) setting out on an adventure with Gandalf and 13 dwarves to re-take their ancient kingdom from the dragon who stole it. Along the way, many things happen that will turn the homebody Bilbo into a wiser, more worldly hobbit, not the least of which is finding a certain magic ring.
Will I like it?
If you liked LOTR, you’ll like this. If you loved LOTR, you’ll love this. But be prepared for a bit more silliness than LOTR. The Hobbit was a story for children, and Jackson and Company play for a lot more laughs than they did in LOTR.