I didn’t know what to expect for the first leg of this “Unexpected Journey,” but I came away feeling more conflicted than I thought I would. I think Peter Jackson is a fine director and the Lord of the Rings movies are truly great. However, this new trip back to Middle Earth is surprisingly bland.
The Hobbit is the very definition of the Hero’s Journey. An unexpected individual who knows far too little about the world he lives in is called to a grand adventure that takes him outside of his comfort zone. At first, he is reluctant to accept this responsibility and refuses the adventure placed upon him. But soon, our hero answers the call to adventure and the journey truly begins. He crosses over from the known to the unknown and embarks down a road of trials that will define who our hero is, and what he will become.