Wednesday, 19 December 2012

(film review) - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I've been thinking, how do I start this review. Well first of all, it is human nature to compare, so let me get that off my chest first and foremost. Secondly, If you haven't seen this film, you will need to actively remember that, this film is a PREQUEL to the events which happened in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and a lot of the charcaters are not in this new one, so be mindful of this. Oh and that the film is over 2hrs long. With this as "preparation", you should be able to enjoy the beauty of what Peter Jackson has put together.

Now, as you ought to know, I'm not one for spoiling a film unless everything you see in the trailer is the film in it's entirety, then I'd just explain or describe from what has been seen in it. In regards to this film, if you loved the sequel trilogy, then you oaught to like this one as it carried the same magic and story telling as the sequel trilogy.
Starting out as story telling, Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) talks to Frodo (Elijah Wood) about how he hasn't told him everything about all his adventures and as he begins to write, is where the story begins with a younger Bilbo (Martin Freeman)somewhat 60 years earlier with a visit by Gandelf (Ian McKellen). After a "House Party" they set off on an unexpected adventure and this is where you get to meet and understand all what is going on, on middle earth, what has happened and what needs to be done along with 13 Dwarlfs.

This is a 3 part prequel Trilogy on which tells a story in which you already know the end. Think of Star Was Episode 4-6 then bringing in episodes 1-3 and then Clone Wars. However, with that said, this prequel trilogy tells another story unmentioned, which then leads to the Sequel Trilogy.
The film is absolutely beautiful in terms of the cinematography. The story and the way it plays out is excellent, no faults there and even the action was simple and easy to follow. I actually found myself in awe when watching this film where in the sequel trililogy, there were lots of awe moments, but the sheer fact that Gandelf towers above EVERYONE and he is normal size had me thinking, 'WOW, I can't even tell if it's green screen or not'. Not to say that the previous sequel trilogy made this obvious, but with 4 half-lings & a dwarf compared to 13 Dwarlfs and a half-ling, visually, this is very obvious and I guess the natural thing would be to kind of step out of the story for a moment and think, 'this is green-screen, right? or are they really dwalfs?' Bottom line, visually, excellent. Story thus far, excellent. A few funny bits, but not overly comical. The story eased into the action and didn't take long to get going so I didn't think it got boring for me in the slightest. The intro set things up nicely for the story to take place and more of an insight to the story as to what has happened which involved a lot of action and then we are introduced into the characters.

I don't even know what else to say about this film other than, there are some real good moments, especially the moment with Gollum. The animation. I cannot fault this film at all. If i were to mention a few other things, I'd be giving you insight into what happens or some of the characters, so I won't. Just know that the characters aren't as dynamic asd the sequel trilogy characters but is a very good film none the less. Enjoy.

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