The past two days have been pretty splendorous as VIBE was granted early access to Peter Jackson's latest trek adventure through Middle-earth. On Tuesday, a choice fellowship of cinephiles hunkered into the Regal Cinema in New York City's Times Square to screen "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in IMAX 3-D. The following day, we managed to get some face-time with the award winning director and his colorful cast.
This fantasy project hasn't been all peaches and cream. Guillermo Del Toro originally was associated with the film, but quit the production due to delays. PETA even planned a boycott of the J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired film for alleged animal mistreatment. Yet, here we are, with less than a week before Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) and Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) embark on their unexpected journey -- and our early reviews say this film is a must-see!
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" marks the first installment of a planned trilogy, which finds the young Bilbo Baggins on a journey to reach the Lonely Mountain and reclaim a stolen treasure guarded by Smaug, a cruel and terrible dragon. The journey leads him and a band of Dwarven clansmen from Bilbo's home in the Shire through Rivendell, an Elven colony.
Without giving too much of the film away, VIBE Pop Culture wants you to peep these 5 Reasons Why You Should "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."