Friday, 11 January 2013

Film Review Friday, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012]

This week me and Lauren had a date at the cinema to see Peter Jackson's first film from his new set of releases from the book, The Hobbit.

On YouTube there is many episodes of behind the scenes footage from the film, Peter giving you a real insight to how the film was put together and what to expect. Which of course improved my excitement to see the final film. 

The main presence of the film is an adventure with Bilbo Baggins as he has been asked to join the company of 13 Dwarves plus Gandolf to travel over to the lonely mountain and take back what was formally the Dwarves habitat.

The first element to the film that impressed me compared to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy was the improved CGI. Some scenes were spectacular to watch, in particular the battle between two mountains, which they called a 'thunder battle. The grand scale of the CGI looked incredible on the large cinema screen. Another scene looking great was the group having a run in with three trolls, they looked very life-like, giving you a real sense of urgency for Bilbo, Gandolf and the Dwarves to escape from the Trolls and to carry on their journey.

Of course you can't forget the improvement of Gollum's CGI, it was mind blowing the improvements he has received. The facial expressions are now disturbingly real, and making him even more evil and scary to look at. 

Martin Freeman playing the character of Bilbo Baggins was spot on, he fitted the role perfectly and generally looked like he could be a real Hobbit. Unfortunately the opinion was not the same for James Nesbitt as a Dwarf. It was hard to get the engagement, and believe he was a real Dwarf part of the group of adventurers. Compared to a majority of the Dwarves, who looked the part and even gave the feeling of watching a live action version of the computer game, Warcraft. James looked as if he was in fancy dress at a Lord of the Rings birthday party.

A fantastic film, which you will have to watch in the cinema to get your teeth into the action and full in love with it.

MH x 

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