Where does that leave us? Which brings up the most contentious point of this whole Hobbit affair: the fact that it's a three-part epic. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Dwarves, elves, and men prosper. Synopsis Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever. Bilbo slows down the trolls from eating them until sunrise.
It just smacks of lazy cliche writing. Its innumerable diversions began to remind me of a live-action Family Guy episode, with character or event mentions that suddenly cause the film to cut away to a dramatization of said. To my surprise, quite some criticisms seemed justified in the end. There's a good movie somewhere in The Hobbit, and had Jackson shown more restraint we might have seen it. Jackson returned as director, co-writing with Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens though del Toro retains a screenwriting credit , Andrew Lesnie as cinematographer, and Howard Shore as composer, along with all of the other stalwarts of the original trilogy. An other great master peace has been added the the Lord of The Rings collection. So right there is the problem with The Hobbit.
If you loved the previous movies from Jackson, you will love this too. Juggling such a massive primary cast is obviously a challenge, and as such the film's best moments involve only one or two characters, with Bilbo's Martin Freeman meeting of Gollum Andy Serkis and the finding of the ring being a particular stand-out sequence, the only one that seemed like it could have used more time. Bilbo is unwilling to acknowledge at first yet has a change of heart after the organization leaves without him the following day. Yet he is recruited by Gandalf the Grey Wizard Ian McKellen to join an expedition by dwarfs to retake their homeland from a dragon. The surviving dwarves flee and Thorin is embittered when their erstwhile ally, the elven king Thranduil, declines to help them. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.
If you are looking for some quality, you will only finding in the re-creation of the Middle Earth and the peformances of Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Cate Blanchett. The Hobbit should have been 2 films, and making it 3 has been the final nail in the coffin. We get to see Bilbo and Gollum interact in an iconic scene. Rounding out the third of this film's main characters, and an addition to this world, is Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the motley crew of dwarves. His homesickness, his doubts, all of this isn't really developed in the script. Previously Thror and his kin had refused to share diamonds mined from the mountain with the elves, which strained the alliance.
Much like Tolkien's tome, the Lord of the Rings films came to utterly define high fantasy in film, with even competing fantasy adaptations like The Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland cribbing from Peter Jackon's critically-acclaimed, audience-adored multipart epic. But this time out, it's Freeman's show, and he's as charming, witty, and engaging as you could imagine. Sadly, Jackson's new film doesn't come close to silencing the skeptics like his Lord of the Rings films did, and is actually more ill-conceived than expected. The entire film is slow! I really wanted to love it but it's hard not to ignore the many problems. The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey 2012 The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey : Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. This puts a lot of pressure on a simple story, especially when you consider that director Peter Jackson and his screenwriters really can't take liberties with the tale, not without incurring the wrath of millions.
Tolkien, ever the completist, wrote volumes of backstories for this world, and Jackson decided to pull from them to bulk out these films. Radagast's involvement is pointless and his bunny sled is ridiculous. The dwarves are ruled by Thror Jeffrey Thomas , the King under the Mountain, and the neighboring leaders pay homage to Thror. The acting that goes with it is not good either. It's exciting enough, but much of the action feels in service of the film- making technology on display rather than the story, and as such none of the stakes of the earlier films are built here. Yet the movie takes this tiny bit of crucial plot movement and dilutes its effectiveness: The dwarfs show up for an impromptu party at Bilbo's house.
Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. That's for the reasonable job with the comedy, design, and things not related to story and pacing with the exception of Gollum and the cave scene. See how quickly it takes to say that? Also, Bilbo's speech after they've escaped Goblin Town is a very welcome, for rare touching moment. Armitage likewise manages to imbue Thorin with both rage and honor, and is easily believable as someone who could lead these dwarves into life-threatening battle. This is particularly apparent during the Orc chase and above all the absurd Goblin Town escape. Holm appears in the film's framing sequence a scene that takes place immediately prior to the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring , along with that trilogy's star, Elijah Wood.
There is absolutely no reason for Frodo Elijah Wood , Saruman Christopher Lee , and Galadriel Cate Blanchett to appear in this story, yet here they are, taking us away from a perfectly good narrative about a quest to fight a dragon. Tolkien books, and yet it is being blown out into three enormous films. However, while I understand why they included them, they all feel out of place. The Hobbit is in a league of its own. I imagine the two future installments of the series will afford them each the chance to shine. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Genre Adventure, Fantasy Imdb Rating 7.
Things that do work well for the most part in The Hobbit are sequences that come directly from the source novel. With The Hobbit though, Jackson only has a 300 page novel to start with, and the decision to make three lengthy films, I assume to parallel the first trilogy, is precisely why this first film doesn't work. Then the dwarfs clean up. Some of these battles have pockets of interest: A conflict with goblins plays out like a trapeze act, in three dimensions, with the combatants falling through space, landing and regrouping. I am not going to sugar-coat this film or give it a good review just because people tell me I should. The film milks every detail of the text, every hint of vacillation in the main character, to turn water flowing downstream into molasses walking uphill. The lone exception to that is the recasting of Martin Freeman as the titular hobbit, taking over for the aging Ian Holm.