Due to my Add Vantage volunteering placement, I couldn’t make the East Asian Film Society showings and couldn’t find all of them online. Therefore, I decided to review the first new movie I saw. This turned out to be the Hobbit.

The Hobbit is an adaptation of J.R.R Tolkiens novels, and the prequel to the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. It has been released this year in 2013 and, being a massive fantasy fan in general, and the Tolkien adaptations possibly being the best and definitely most iconic, I settled into watching this film with much anticipation.

The films beginning brought us back to the first in the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy own beginning, right before the birthday party where the epic began. The protagonist, a Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, is writing a story of his life. We are then transported back to a explanation of what the main story of the Hobbit will be about, and then to him as a younger man, played by Martin Freeman (yay!).

The story then moves on from here. The introductions of each character is full of life, with nods to previous films. But you don’t have to be a LOTR fan to understand the story, it is well thought out with interesting twists and fun encounters. The dwarves have some wonderful character interaction, both humorous and serious, and Gandalf (played again by the iconic Ian McKellen) is still as fantastic as in the previous films.

My favourite part of the film is the escape from the Goblin city. It is fast paced and epic, with fantastic digital editing that gives the impression of a place truly massive and teeming with goblins. It did, however, have the slight hint that it had almost been created in the way it looked so it could be easily adapted for a possible video game. If that is the case, I don’t really care, because it was awesome.

There were some problems with the film, one being such a basic mistake that I’m kind of disappointed it was made by such experienced movie producers. I am referring to Thorin Oakenshields, shield. It is quite an important little plot point in his story and character development, and appears in the final encounter of the movie ( and is systematically dropped).

Now, when I say it appeared, I don’t mean he pulled it off his back where it has always been, I mean it magically appeared. Either this is some kind of power it possesses that they will explain in the next film, or they just forgot (or didn’t bother) to put it in every other shot in the whole film.

The encounter I am talking about is against one of the side antagonists, the White Ork. The encounter seemed a little to drawn out, and the character itself isn’t very interesting. But the way the dwarves act around him, and the encounter itself being pretty damn epic and integral to the relationship development between two characters still makes him a worth while addition.

This movie is a fantastic escape for families and Fantasy lovers alike. It is epic, fast paced, and brilliantly designed. It is wonderful to see the same love that went into the LOTR poured into a film that has the added benefit of improved CGI techniques.

I would also like to add, that the fact that the movie seems to be a little overrun with British actors makes me more than a bit happy. Can’t wait for Benedict Cumberbatch to appear!

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