The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as recommended by Anonymous:
Based on the beginning chapters of JRR Tolkien’s book, and first in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the prequel to the successful Lord of the Rings trilogy. Set in Middle-earth, the first of the three films follows Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) as he is swept into the quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Baggins joins the company of thirteen dwarves – Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Ori, Nori, Oin, Gloin,Glóin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur – lead by legendary Dwarf warrior Thorin (Richard Armitage)
|Bilbo and his Dwarf companions|
Almost three hours of running around Middle-earth left me warn out, however, for fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy left them wanting more. As the book has been split into three sections, there was a lot of padding out to be done to fill the screen time. Not that the screen time wasn’t impressive. The vast New Zealand landscapes created the epic settings needed for this film and, like usual, the CGi were spot on – I know plenty of people who walked out of the cinema wanted a White Warg!
|White Warg and its rider|
The casting for this film was brilliant. For a Hollywood film to use so many British actors is brilliant, turning actors know very little out side of the UK – James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner – in worldwide sensations.
For me, this film dragged. It was very repetitive and didn’t seem to move very far. I personally think it was a mistake for Jackson to split the film into three when it looks like it could easily be kept at two, but I will keep that conclusion until after I’ve see the other two films.
The next instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released on December 13 2013 in the UK. Only a few more months to wait.
|First Picture released of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug|
Would I recommend it? If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings series and don’t mind getting a numb bum from this 169 minute epic, this film is for you.
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