|Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins|
am one of those people who are an absolute sucker for films about magic. But
yes, they have to be made at least with a slight amount of integrity and yes, I
did not love the ‘Twilight’ series. When I went in the theatre to watch ‘The
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, I did obviously know that it is based on the
book The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien but I am ashamed to say I had no knowledge
that that is one of films in a trilogy. Given lack of that information, I was
quite intrigued as to how the Hobbit and the bunch of Dwarves would reach their
destination by the films’ finale given they had been wasting so much time doing
other trivial things. Nonetheless, I was never bored. The amazing thing about
Peter Jackson’s world of Middle-earth is that while it is completely
fantastical in nature you still find the aspirations, motivations and emotions of
the character relevant.
story revolves around Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who is tricked by
the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) into hosting a party for Thorin (Richard
Armitage) and his band of Dwarves, which doubles as Bilbo's recruitment as the
Dwarves' burglar to help them steal their treasure back from Smaug, the dragon.
Bilbo reluctantly joins the company on their journey to the Lonely Mountain.
The rest of the film is obviously a detailed version of one-third of their
journey on which they encounter Radagast the Brown, a wizard; fight with Orcs
and Wargs, which are wolf-like creatures and captured by Goblins before being
rescued by eagles.
the cast, Martin Freeman shines as Baggins. He brings a kind of eccentricity to
the role of a Hobbit mixed with elements of control which makes him almost seem
like a hi-society woman going on a camping trip. I am not surprised that
Jackson waited for Freeman even though he had refused the part initially. His
scenes with Andy Serkis as Gollum make for one of the most entertaining yet
scary part of the film, also being of the most important in terms of the LOTR
series. Ian McKellen is in stellar form as a slightly younger Gandalf and so
are the rest of the characters Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Elrond (Hugo Weaving),
and Thorin (Armitage). They perform ably in this world, making the characters
seem believable and engaging even in the most outrageous settings.
film is slightly long, but if you are open to the world then it would never
seem boring. One of the reasons it works very well is the production value
which is spot-on. From the music by Howard Shore, to the cinematography by Andrew
Lesnie and the screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo
del Toro, everything gels together to create a world so different and yet so
believable that it has form part of our popular culture.
am not about to complain about the editing, with respect to the length of the
film because there are certain stories that are not spoiled by an additional 15
minutes. The time may not take the story to another dimension but it also does
no harm. ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ is a classic example. If you have seen and
enjoyed ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series then I assume that you would have already
seen this one by now. If not, then you must. (Try getting the 2D show though)
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