Date Posted: 2013-01-25
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
'The Hobbit' boasts stellar visuals and a well developed microcosm in which the viewer is easily lost. The film is conceptually faithful and ,despite its flaws, I believe it does justice to Tolkien creation.
Though the movie is resplendent in every other aspect, its character development, storytelling, and majesty are sometimes lost amidst the dizzying storm of visuals and the rather deliberate pace. (I will not discuss the 48fps format in detail: I will say that I enjoyed it and was able to watch the movie without any loss of focus) I believe that in some respects, Jackson tries to too hard and fails to put forth a sufficient effort in others. The majority of the acting is phenomenal; Martin Freeman and Ian Mckellen often carry the movie. I cannot blame Peter Jackson for not developing the other dwarves simply because there are so many of them and some aren't developed in Tolkien's novel. It seems as though the human story that Jackson has so subtly mastered is slowly leaving the story. Though the flaws must be taken into consideration, I believe that they are ultimately outweighed by the beauty of Peter Jackson's filmmaking; providing for an immersive and and enjoyable experience. Again I extol the vision, the execution, and the production. Cinematography, visual effects, and the beauty of middle-earth are this film's chief attributes. The performances are faithful to the spirit of Tolkien's creation. I can't understand why Peter Jackson would want to inflate this story, but the way in which he has brought this story to film is satisfying enough. It has not surpassed my expectations but it has met them and raised them for the sequel. I await the sequel eagerly, not only because it is a continuation of the story but also because I believe that there is enough substance and development for it to exceed all expectations and do justice to J.R.R Tolkien's story. 'The Hobbit, an Unexpected Journey' is good....
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