Preview: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)


Based on the novel that launched it all, Peter Jackson brings audiences back to the land he lovingly crafted just over a decade ago as a young Hobbit embarks on a strange adventure across the world.

  • Poster: (A) / B


(This is precisely where the film starts out, a journey from the front door of a quaint little residence in The Shire. The image is colorful, engaging and easily reminds the audience why they fell in love with Tolkien's world in the first place.)

The new poster isn't quite as exciting, though any fan of the franchise will still get chills at the beauty of the setting. Still, this isn't the exciting design the franchise has come to be known for, nor is it as chaotic, which might be a good thing.

  • Trailer: A- / B+


Any film with this much anticipation leading up to its release is bound to feel a bit like a let down; however, Jackson and company do a fantastic job minimizing that disappointment. This tense and engaging trailer gives viewers a chance to revisit the land of Middle-Earth, experience a new plot and adventure and features a wonderful, mournful dirge as its centerpiece.

Without the bone-chilling song from the first trailer, the new one looks more like a cold recitation of scenes from the film. While it certainly looks astoundingly well crafted, it doesn't really stir the same level of excitement.

Oscar Prospects:

Returning to Tolkien's world will no doubt lead the film towards further Oscar consideration. Nominations would be expected for Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects. And I wouldn't be shocked if it won prizes in at least 6 of them.

Release Date:

  • December 14, 2012