Date Posted: 2012-12-18
Tolkien Fan Level: 10
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey certainly did not fail to exceed all expectations! I had been looking forward to this film for years now, and was fully expecting the absolute best from Peter Jackson and the team. Even the reviews of some critics could not shake my adamant belief that they had again captured the magic of Tolkien's great mythos. From the first few opening moments in the Shire, a moment I had thought might never happen, I knew that Peter Jackson and his team had again brought the world of Middle Earth to life in great and caring detail. I was able to return to Middle Earth with ease and felt like I had been reunited with an old friend. The casting and acting was superb, the script recognizably Tolkien's work, and, in short, nothing about the film was less than I expected from those involved: pure brilliance. The performances given by Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage were nothing short of perfect. Being familiar with these actors from many other films, they all delivered the stellar performances I expected from them. As I find myself eagerly anticipating my return to the theatre to view the film for a third time, I must admit that, despite the fact that I loved The Hobbit, there were a few things I would wish slightly different. I would have liked to see a bit more of the Eagles and have some dialogue from them. Also, I would have like the Goblins to be a little less obviously CGI at times. There were a few other minor discrepancies that I noticed, as there were in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but overall, I cannot deny that Peter Jackson and his dedicated team have again produced a masterpiece!
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