‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Spoilers Discussion

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 17th, 2012 at 8:48 am,

The Hobbit Movie Spoilers The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Spoilers Discussion

While our readers are already talking about this movie in the comments section of our Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey review, this is the place where you can discuss The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey spoilers without concerns about ruining the movie for people who haven’t seen it yet.

If you’re posting comments here, assume that anyone in the conversation has seen the movie – if you haven’t seen the movie, we would recommend you don’t read the comments here until you have.

For an in-depth discussion of the film by the Screen Rant editors check out our Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey episode of the SR Underground podcast.

We’ve set up a poll below where you can rate The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for yourself. Other than that, feel free to discuss the film and all its surprises!

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. Now playing in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and 48fps theaters.

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  1. I guess there are two ways of thinking as far as the story added to the movie. With the LOTR releases I love the extended edition sets. The more detail the better. But I am sure many people prefer the shorter movies, or maybe even a stripped down ‘readers digest’ movie containing the bare minimum plot, and that is fine.

    I appreciate the extra plot in The Hobbit because it provides more back story and more detail and more excitement. They could have stuck to the book and made two movies, or left out some of the plot and done one long movie, such as was done with many of the Harry Potter installments (I don’t think anyone here would have preferred that). But the excerpts used from the other Tolkien sources, and their own embellishments, would not have been able to foster another full movie on its own (‘Lord of the Hobbits’ or something) so I prefer to have it weaved throughout this series rather than never be told.

    What this means to us in the long run is three more full awesome movies to watch in addition to LOTR, but in the short term it means having to wait 2 or 3 years to see/own them. I hate having to wait but to me it will be worth it, and I will certainly buy the extended editions when they are available.

    • I think they went overboard with the additions to the book`s plotline. The most obvious and most annoying example in my opinion is the scene with the stone giants fighting. But on the whole it was a very good movie. Not as good as FOTR but that`s a pretty high standard to match.

      • If I’m not mistaken that is actually mentioned in the book. Not the way it was portrayed but there was a passing mention of storm giants causing thunder.

        • Yup, there is a passing reference to stone giants possibly causing thunder in the distance. (Two sentences i think.) There was no actual encounter with the dwarves, and I think adding this scene to the movie was unnecessary at best. In fact, I agree with an earlier comment that said they looked like Rock em Sock em robots. It looked hokey IMHO.

  2. There is more to the story than what was seen by the trolls among us. For example, was there not a clue given when Thorin, the LEADER of the quest, had some difficulty finding Mr. Baggins’s hole, while the rest of the company had no problem?

  3. Sorry about coming late to the party but I promised to see it with friends who are notorious for being difficult to get together (made all the more ironic because I didn’t even see it with them because of work!) and didn’t want to accidentally learn anything past what I already knew)

    Soooo my review….

    In a nut shell I thought it was pretty good, not the best journey I had taken to Middle-Earth to date but entertaining none the less.

    The Good – I thought they did an excellent job of weaving the extra LotR plot points into the story along with Radaghast the Brown’s expanded role. This seemed to be a major b*tching point with critics and is I guess understandable if you were only expecting a tale about the book.

    Absolutely loved the prologue that set up exactly WHY the group were on this little adventure in the first place. The grand, expansive and megalithic dwarf halls were breathtaking and the Dwarves looked every bit as regal and “Dwarfy” as they should have been (especially the king).

    Felt the company worked well as a group and didn’t mind the liberties taken with making them a bit less bumbling and inept as the book would have you believe they were.

    The Bad – Was not a fan of many of the expanded scenes:

    – Adding in the stone giant fight was completely and totally superfluous which added nothing to the story but to prolong the time it took to get to their destination.

    – Giving Thorin a personal adversary. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Azog was awesome and very bad-ssed but was giving Thorin a nemesis really necessary? I’m sure he was created to be the main general when the battle of 5 armies happens but all he does is serve to overly complicate and already bloated story/movie.

    – Still displeased with them not making Thorin a grizzled and old veteran of many battles, choosing instead to make him a Dwarf in the prime of his life.

    – The Eagles being used as nothing more than a “tool”. Not even an ounce of recognition and thankfulness. They show up, rescue everyone and then fly off (again and again). It would have been nice to see Gandalf at least address one of them and have them reply so we know they can speak.

    The Ugly – I absolutely hated the goblin kingdom under the Misty Mountains and the look of the king. These were supposed to be vast series of tunnels and caves, not just one huge chasm with a bunch of walkways. One of the more dramatic scenes was supposed to be of Gandalf putting out the torches in the King’s grand cavern and having Glamdring’s blue be a light in the darkness to find the goblin king’s heart. The openness completely sucked the life out of such a poignant moment.

    The chase scene over the endless rickety bridges was again an unnecessary element that did little but drag out the Dwarves exit from the caverns. The large section at the end also falling for seemingly a mile without breaking was a cheezy and implausible plot device at best.

    While I loved Serkis reprising his role as Gollum, I thought the choice to give him a dual personality extremely out of place here. Gollum at this stage was very single minded in purpose and action, only talking to his “precious”. So introducing the duality now felt in conflict with later events.

    Kili looked out of place and had nothing “Dwarfy” about him. Instead he looked to be molded into Aragorn 2.0.

    The HFR format – I actually liked it. The crystal clarity looked a bit strange and even surrealistic for the first few minutes but I got used to it quickly. The advantages I saw with the 48fps were I got no eyestrain from looking at the foreground (a cause of headaches for many) and the #D effect looked much smoother and more subtle. I noticed excessive blurriness only once so overall it was a positive experience for me and something I think IMAX 3D movies need.

    And while many seemed to have a problem with the CGI, I really didn’t. Sure I could tell but it wasn’t to the point that it disturbed the flow of the movie, at least for me. You want to get that picky I would suggest not watching any CGI heavy movies for another 10 years when the CGI has finally reached indistinguishable.

  4. Movies was good. Why didn’t the eagles just fly them to Erebor? Adventure just for Adventure’s sake? Should have had some obstacle that caused the Eagles to stop there.