So this sounds like a wimpy little post here, and I get that, but I am absolutely pumped for “An Unexpected Journey” to release this December. As moviegoers, I believe that we have been spoiled in 2012 like almost never before. So far it has been an absolutely wonderful year for amazing movies. With huge blockbusters like The Hunger Games, Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises as well as a wealth of fantastic smaller successes like Ted, The Amazing Spiderman, Magic Mike and seemingly countless others.
But one movie has me intrigued like no other movie this year and that is, of course, The Hobbit and here is why:
- The Book is Amazing. I am no literary genius and I probably only read 5-10 books a year with most of them being non-fiction, but The Hobbit remains one of my most cherished reading experiences ever.
- The Lord or the Rings Movies Were Amazing. Ok, a little bit redundant here, but I have to get the two obvious reasons out of the way to begin with. Although Peter Jackson deviated from the books here and there, he stayed as close as you can ask for from today’s Hollywood and he created a timeless masterpiece.
- This is a Movie the Whole Family can Love. Just like the Lord of the Rings movies, I plan on allowing everyone in my family (minus those 5 and younger) to watch this movie and I fully expect them all to love it and to be able to discuss it as a family.
- It is Hollywood Storytelling at its Best. When a movie is split up into three pieces to tell one epic story, you know that the story will not be shallow and focus on effects, battles and other filler (at least not entirely).
- Gandalf was portrayed brilliantly by Ian McKellen in LOTR. I am looking forward to Ian reprising his role as Gandalf and seeing more of his brilliant portrayal. Back in 2011 there was some worry that Ian was not going to be cast for this role, thankfully that never happened!
- The Battle of Five Armies. In my humble opinion, Peter Jackson’s portrayal of The Battle of Helm’s Deep & The Siege on Minas Tirith were some of the best cinematic battles in movie history and I am very much looking forward to seeing how this battle is portrayed.
- Martin Freeman. I am a big Martin Freeman fan. Have you seen the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes? He is fantastic and I think he makes a good show great. I cannot think of a better actor to play a young Bilbo Baggins.
Now my only real question is how much will it go for in Studio Wars leagues? The Lord of the Rings movies ranged from 320 million to 380 million and all roughly 1 Billion Globally. In my opinion these movies have aged so well and enough time has passed that anticipation should be quite high and most 8 year olds on up have seen the movies, so I would guess that An Unexpected Journey could gross over $400 million domestically and over 1.2 billion globally.
No matter what though, I am waiting anxiously.