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Not suitable under 12, PG to 14 (Violence; Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 12-14||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 14 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, part one of a trilogy, opens with a narrative prologue by 111 year-old Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) telling how the wealthy kingdom of Erebor ruled by the dwarf king Thror (Jeffrey Thomas) along with his son Thrain and grandson Thorin (Richard Armitage) was destroyed by the dragon Smaug leaving the population homeless. Bilbo then tells Frodo Baggins (Elijah wood) the story of his great adventure as a young hobbit with the film becoming a flashback of what occurred 60 years earlier.
The story begins with a young Bilbo (Martin Freeman) about to sit down for his evening meal when he is disturbed by a knock at the door. The unexpected visitor is a dwarf called Dwalin (Graham McTavish), who enters and promptly begins to eat Bilbo’s meal. Dwalin is soon followed by Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and 12 other dwarves who are on a quest to reclaim Thorin’s kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. They ask Bilbo to join their band as a burglar. Initially Bilbo declines Thorin’s offer, but the following day he reconsiders and chases after the dwarves, thus beginning the greatest adventure of his life, one that will change him forever.
During Bilbo’s epic adventure, Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves finds themselves in one perilous situation after another including almost being eaten by mountain trolls, having to fight off fierce orcs lead by a gigantic white orc called Azog (Manu Bennett), escaping cave goblins lead by the Great Goblin (Barry Humphries) and being chased by a pack of savage wargs -giant wolves.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
The supernatural; reclaiming heritage; revenge; pride
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
The film contains some slapstick violence but also brutal violence, intense battle scenes which include dismemberment and decapitation, and the depiction of some blood and gore. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned violent and scary scenes and one particular scene of a forest littered with small dead and dying animals (squirrels, hedgehogs, rabbits). One of the dying animals, a hedgehog, is seen lying on the ground writhing and gasping for air. A wizard uses all manner of potions to revive the sick animal, but it dies. The wizard then extracts black vapour from the hedgehog which comes alive.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned violent and scary scenes.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned violent and scary scenes.
None of concern, but associated merchandise likely to be marketed to children
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There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some mild name calling and exclamations. Examples include:
There is also crude humour, including;
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a fantasy, action adventure targeting adolescents and adults, particularly Tolkien fans. It is the first in a trilogy of films and contains extra material not included in the original book. The film is less dark than the Lord of the Rings trilogy and contains a number of humorous characters and situations which give the film a somewhat lighter feel. However, the M rating should be taken seriously. The film features intense violence and numerous scary characters, made more disturbing by the 3D effects. This makes it unsuitable for under 12s and some children up to 14, even those who have enjoyed the book. At 169 minutes, it is also a very long film for children
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss how the dwarves’ pride affected their ability to achieve the outcome they wanted and how it nearly became their downfall.
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