“From the smallest beginnings, come the greatest legends.”
After many months of anticipation, the first part of a three-part series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is set for release on 14 December 2012. Based on the book of the same name, The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins, a curious young Hobbit, as he journeys eastwards with the wizard Gandalf and a troupe of thirteen dwarves. Their goal is to reach the Lonely Mountain and reclaim a stolen treasure guarded by Smaug, a cruel and terrible dragon. Those who have been loyal followers of The Lord of the Rings will understand the story perfectly and will feel quite at home through the journey.
The film, directed by Peter Jackson, known for his outstanding work in the sci-fi genre, stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, and Elijah Wood among others. The Hobbit films were produced back to back, like The Lord of the Rings films. Principal photography for The Hobbit films began on 21 March 2011 and ended on 6 July 2012, after 266 days of filming.
The film’s cinematography is already making waves after its world premier. Some fans complained of dizziness at the frames moving too quickly and likened watching the movie to being on a rollercoaster. But others loved it; saying it invites you into the Middle-Earth. The human eye sees 60 frames per second and the average movie is shot at 24 frames per second, but The Hobbit is shot at 48 frames per second drawing you in with every shot.
But from ace movie-maverick Peter Jackson and with a classic story, it should prove to be worth the wait and a bit of motion-sickness.