Movie: The Hobbit
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood
Direction: Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson has done it thrice adapting Tolkiens high fantasy on screen. By way of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy ensured his space among Hollywood greats. It had to be Jackson to take a second shot at Tolkien and make it visually so mesmerizing.
His new film is based on The Hobbit, JRR Tolkiens 1937 novel for children. Having shown what mesmerising levels entertainment cinema can scale, Jackson more or less retains the same lavish template for his latest ‘The Hobbit’.
Although The Hobbit as a book spanned just about 300 pages, Jackson plans to expand the written work into a three-film series. An Unexpected Journey will be followed by two more films, which means you could actually read the entire book at one go in lesser time than what it would take to watch all three Hobbit films.
Being a prequel, The Hobbit as a story essentially introduces all characters that would subsequently take centrestage in LOTR. On cue, Jackson retains a chunk of his cast from LOTR, which means the actors, now older than they were in the LOTR trilogy, are actually playing their younger versions here.
Its a curious case of watching Ian McKellen playing a younger Gandalf but you dont mind. What you do mind as the film moves on languorously is the fact that it could have been shorter. The narration is very slow.
The story follows Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit (Martin Freeman) in his quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the dragon Smaug. He is joined in his adventure by the wizard Gandalf, and 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Metaphors about the East and the West abound, the slimy Gollum (Andy Serkis) makes an entry, and Bilbo makes his way through goblin tunnels and shores of underground lakes.
The Hobbit retains Jacksons spectacular idiom from the LOTR films. But it is an adventure that demands a certain engagement on the part of its viewers to be wholly savoured. Just for that reason, it may not be everyones idea of a fun flick.
The cinematography and the background scene of the film is mesmerizing and helps in keeping the viewers busy. But at times it seems too lost and long, it could have been shorter and intresting. But still Peter Jackson has created the magic once again and charms the fans.
Overall It was a film worth watching for those who believe in fantacy, they would love it.