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About the Film
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with the first of three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's enduring masterpiece. Set in Middle-earth 60 years before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of dwarves on a journey into wild, treacherous lands swarming with beasts of every ilk. Although their goal lies to the East, they must first escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum. Alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo gains possession of Gollum's "precious" -- a simple, gold ring tied to the fate of all Middle-earth.
Good, but not as great as it could have been
I'm a huge fan of Tolkien's books, and I love Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings films. I was very excited about this. I love Tolkien's The Hobbit, it's funny, it's exciting, and it's a true classic. However, Jackson's decision to split it into 3 films has more cons than pros. One of the best things about the hobbit is its fast pace, but this film moves at a painfully slow pace. This film is based on the first 6 chapters of the book. But it actually takes less time to read the entire book than it does to watch the first part of the film. The scenes at Bilbo's house go on forever! However there are some pros. The white council scene, is excellent, and the second best scene in the film, behind the riddles in the dark scene. I can't wait to see the white council rid sauron out of dol goldur in future films. But still, I would rather a one part 3 hour blockbuster. The special effects are good, but not great. In Jackson's LOtR films, all the orcs were real people in prosthetics. In this film, they're all CGI. And it's painfully obvious. CGI is meant to blend well with the rest of the characters, but the orcs look terrible, and so do the wargs. Special effects in 2002 were better then they are now. However, the film has many good qualities. Martin Freeman is brilliant as Bilbo, and Ian Mckellan is just as amazing as he was in LOTR. The action scenes are fun and exciting. Once we actually get on the adventure, the film gets ver exciting. Andy Serkis returns brilliantly as Gollum, even though he doesn't look as real as he did in LOTR. Overall, The Hobbit is a good film. But the decision to split it into 3 films, and the overuse of CGI takes it's tool. Good, but not as brilliant as it could have been. (Also, don't buy this edition. Wait until the extended edition which is due for release in the 3rd quarter of 2013. :) Rating, 3.5 out of 5 :)
It just gets better.
In the cinema I was thinking a lot about what elements were added beyond the book. Watching it again, I didn't even think about that and enjoyed it a lot more. Riddles in the dark could be one of my favourite scenes from all the movies, with all the different levels of emotions Gollum goes through.
What a let down