4 comments on “Namárië : The Premiere Of “The Hobbits, The Unexpected Journey”.

  1. The hoary Gandalf (Ian McKellen), along with a very simple and innocent Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) are men on a mission, with a little help from their friends – in this case, 13 feisty dwarves led by the warrior Thorin (Richard Armitage). They set out on a journey in the often dark and treacherous land that is Middle-earth, on a trip that has them battle everything from Goblins, Orcs, Wargs and giant spiders to Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Open-field battles are replaced by close, gripping moments of suspense, frantic chases and various saved-by-a-whisker close shaves. Apart from that, Bilbo also goes through some life-changing experiences. But it is Gandalf and Saruman (Christopher Lee) who are majestic and menacing respectively. They steal the show.

    With Peter Jackson having taken the bold step to shoot the film using 48 frames per second instead of the usual and standard 24 frames per second, the entire look of this epic is also noticeably different. Images and characters seem sharper and more realistic.

    One of the best things about The Hobbit is the truly magical locations and imagery that are completely immersive and make you feel as if you are in JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth. It will entertain you even if you haven’t seen any of the previous Lord of the Rings movies. Also noteworthy is the music, which meshes really well with the film and is not distracting at all.

    The only issue could be the running time – almost three hours long. But fora subject of this scale, it’s completely justified. Good for the entire family.

  2. Peter Jackson is a geek-friendly filmmaker who graduated to blockbuster maestro status when he adapted J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy more than a decade ago, earning multiple Academy Awards and billions of dollars. He returns to Middle-earth with this month’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which has inspired much in the way of both anticipation and trepidation.

    The first wave of professional critic reviews for An Unexpected Journey have hit the ‘Net – but do they confirm everyone’s best hopes, worst fears, or some mix of the two? Scroll on down to find out.

    “Again and again” is also the film’s biggest issue. On a consistent basis, it’s almost as if Jackson forgets he has two more films to release and is forced to pump the brakes. Tangents pop out of nowhere, dialogue scenes are stretched into infinity, and a familiar structure of capture followed by rousing escape, is consistently repeated… Overall The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a lot of fun. Fans of Jackson, Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings films will enjoy it. However, it’s long and uneven, which keeps it from reaching the heights of Jackson’s first three Middle-Earth films.

    While it will be too formulaic and familiar to some (and certainly non-fans won’t be won over), ‘The Hobbit’ is another grand achievement from director Peter Jackson. While this distended picture threatens to buckle under the weight of its own self-importantance, Peter Jackson clearly believes he’s earned the right to preamble and make nearly three hour long tent poles each time out of the gate. And the last two acts of ‘The Hobbit’ are simply a non-stop action-adventure rollercoaster that is just as engaging and winning as anything in the director’s previous trilogy.

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