The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure, (revisited) (♦♦♦♦)

Once again, Peter Jackson has created magic in a land he knows well: Middle-Earth. Under his wizardry wand, all sorts of evil mythical creatures such as goblins, orcs, and trolls come to life. Evil always lurks in the shadows in this realm, but goodness manages to keep it at bay. Under Jackson's steady guidance, thirteen dwarf warriors of Erebor, the wizard Gandalf the Grey, and a very cautious hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, embark on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain, which was taken two generations ago from the dwarves—their rightful owners—, along with its riches, by Smaug, the dragon.

Middle-Earth is again a visual feast, both heaven and hell. Despite running for close to three hours, the pace is fast as pitfalls abound. The top notch special effects that made the Lord of the Rings trilogy a smashing success also enhance this saga. A new technique that makes more than 24 frames per second gives a “you are there feel” as never before seen.

I can't praise the editing, for the movie is long, though as I said, being the one to set the tone of the trilogy, doesn't feel long at all. The musical score sets the mood for the scenes, and does so superbly. Last, but not least, this saga benefit from gifted actors in career defining performances. What more could we ask for?
Also see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey previous review.

Comments

  1. Jackson's movies about Middle Earth are always visual treats and the special effects are amazing, but I didn't really care for his Hobbit series. The Hobbit is a small book about a small but remarkable person and his adventures. It is essentially a children's book and Jackson stretched it all out of recognition for his movies. I would have enjoyed it more, I think, if he had stayed truer to the book.

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    1. I read The Hobbit when I was a child, so I can't say I remember much about it, but I have seen a few adaptations and while it's true that he stretched the story way longer than necessary, he remained true to key elements of the plot.

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  2. I have tried to read The Hobbit several times and just could not get into it. I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy book by book just before each movie came out and I loved both. Someday, I will try The Hobbit again. How many movies did Peter Jackson make from the book?

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    1. He made three movies from a very slim single volume, but after watching all three I can say I like them all. It is a solid trilogy if you forgive him the sin of stretching it longer than necessary.

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    2. I'll be posting reviews of the other two entries in the upcoming two weeks.

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  3. I enjoyed this film because of its wonderful cast, it is visually stunning, the amazing soundtrack and it is also very funny. This is a good film but not quite as good as The Lord of the Rings films.

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    1. I agree with you on all counts, and I believe LOTR was perfection. :-)

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  4. Although I enjoyed the book when I was young, I have not attempted to see the films. Not sure if it's the length of the movies that has me avoiding it, or if the book was plenty for me. But from your reviews I should give it a chance.

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    1. I think you should. They are longish but I liked them overall.

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