My Unexpected Journey

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“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

I have waited a long time for this movie. Not just a year, more like 9 years. Been waiting for Peter Jackson to make this movie ever since I saw “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I just knew that only PJ can make Tolkien movies and when I read that he was going to make “The Hobbit” AND he was going to make it into a trilogy, I was SO sure he wouldn’t let us Ringers down.

“The Hobbit” turned out AH-MAZING. The movie, cast, script, music, all of them were perfect. It was EPIC. I first went to see the movie with who else but my Mum, since she’s the only person who understands my enthusiasm for Tolkien and his works. It wasn’t a smooth journey though. First we went to this theater and after a long queue and I was just a few steps away from buying the tickets, they sold out! Then we went straight to another theater–a bit far from where we live–and thank the Lord we got the tickets!!!

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Then when the time came for us to go inside the studio, my heart was pumping so fast because of the excitement of the moment and going inside Studio 1 was like entering Middle-earth…

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They gave us the 3D glasses inside and I was super excited…

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And so the journey began.

When the movie started and I heard Howard Shore’s “My Dear Frodo”, I couldn’t help but cry. To me this was not just a movie – it was a brilliant collaboration between Tolkien and PJ and his team. It didn’t feel like I come to the studio, it felt like I returned to Middle-earth. And seeing the old Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, even Saruman made me feel at home, especially when I saw Bag End and the Shire – feel at home indeed!

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The movie itself was superb, the details were awesome; loved hearing Elvish, Dwarvish and Black Speech/Orkish again. Of course you can’t expect it has all the stuff like it is in the book, but I believe PJ and his team did their utmost best to make Ringers and others feel the connection with Tolkien.

And may I say that New Zealand IS Middle-earth. Period.

On a side note – dropped my jaw on the floor when I saw Kili, Fili and Thorin…kudos for PJ and his team for making Dwarves look super hot!

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Can’t wait for the next two – “The Desolation of Smaug” and “There and Back Again”!

(Maybe even “The Silmarillion” somewhere in 2015?)

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