THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey

With Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis. Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee

Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro (based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit)
Directed by Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson’s triumphant Lord Of The Rings trilogy was a fantastic cinematic feat, and while I’m sure he was fed up with that world and its characters, it had to be more than public demand (and also a sense of kinship he felt for the material) to return to the subject.  With a highly talented team they brought life to Tolkien’s fantasy world many thought could not be realized, and did so again.

For some this was quite unexpected (not seeing how you can top Lord Of The Rings), while others couldn't wait for more of the same.

The Hobbit is the prequel to the Oscar winning Rings trilogy (written by J.R.R. Tolkien), with Frodo Baggins traveling to Mount Doom in order to discard the powerful ring to prevent it from corrupting anyone in its possession, and as a result, all of Middle Earth (more so if owned by someone with an evil power trip, like Sauron).

Here the focus is on Frodo’s uncle Bilbo (played by Martin Freeman of the original Office series).  He is recruited on a quest by a gang of dwarfs (set on having their king reclaim his rightful place).  Along this adventure his path crosses with Smeagol (who has the ring that caused all the trouble!) – and also falls under its spell, nabbing it from the twitchy Gollum.

A host of familiar faces like Gandalf, and new characters and villains bulk up the action, and (in many ways) you get more of the same as Lord Of The Rings, but a vast entertaining trip nonetheless - one you'll need to invest in across three chapters.

(Guillermo del Toro fans will be glad to see he co-wrote these movies with Jackson and his regular partners)

4 / B
- Paul Blom

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- A
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Lord Of The Rings saga reviews below:

Lord Rings 1 Lord Rings 2 Lord Rings 3 Lord Rings Animated
Hobbit 1 Hobbit 2    

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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