The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Posted in: The Reel World by Gino Sassani on December 13th, 2012

(out of 5)

Gino Sassani

Gino Sassani is a member of the Southeastern Film Critic's Association (SEFCA) and The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF). He is a film and television critic based in Tampa, Florida. He's also the Senior Editor here at Upcomingdiscs. Gino started reviewing films in the early 1990's as a segment of his local television show Focus. He's an award-winning recording artist for Omega Records. Gino is currently working on his 8th album Merchants & Mercenaries. Gino took over Upcomingdiscs Dec 1, 2008. He works out of a home theater he calls The Reel World. Favorite films: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Body Snatcher (Val Lewton film with Karloff and Lugosi, not the pod people film), Unforgiven, Gladiator, The Lion King, Jaws, Son Of Frankenstein, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Monsters, Inc.


  1. John Ceballos
    12/14/2012 @ 11:39 am

    Totally agree about the Bilbo Gollum scene. I was completely delighted and 100% riveted at the same time.

  2. M.W. Phillps
    12/18/2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Excellent review, Gino. I haven’t seen the 48k version yet, but plan to this weekend. It’s funny, but I was less bothered by the giggling goblin as the refined voice of the Goblin King. I felt it wasn’t consistent to the guttural dialect of the other goblins, but this was such a minor flaw to a magnificent movie. If anyone hasn’t seen the original Lord of the Rings Trilogy (perhaps because they didn’t read the books and found the world a bit dense), the Hobbit trilogy would be the best way to enter the series. It brilliantly sets up the story just as Tolkien meant it to be experienced.

  3. Gino Sassani
    12/18/2012 @ 12:27 pm

    Thanks for the kind words. Eventually this is going to make for one heck of a movie marathon night in The Reel World.

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