Middle Earth graces the silver screen again! This time around, it’s the prequel to “Lord Of The Rings” (LOTR) via “The Hobbit : The Unexpected Journey.” Since I am the LOTR freak (can you not tell from the layout of the blog and the name of the blog itself; derived from Arwen Undomiel? Hahaha!), this film is absolutely a must! The perk of being in Jitra is that you rarely have queues even for hot films and I love that fact!
Bilbo Baggins surrounded by The Dwarves. He is kinda cute. Portrayed by Martin Freeman.
My friend, Kord was driving from Changlun and was taking quite sweet time because I mentioned to him that the show starts at 3.30 p.m. when actually it was supposed to be 3.25 p.m! 5 minutes difference but it makes quite differences! We were quite a bit of a rush and did “The Amazing Race” up to the 3rd floor of Jitra Mall; only to find that film had already started for about 4-5 minutes. But oh, well… not that we lose anything important; the gist of the story was still in grasp.
Alright; I am not going to belt out the synopsis as spoilers as you can find it in various blogs, I supposed. But I just want to highlight the gist of the film – basically, it is a prequel to the “Lord Of The Rings” days; in the era of where the young Bilbo Baggins was seeking the adventure that changed the role of Hobbits in the realm of Middle Earth. If “Lords Of The Rings” featured the Fellowship Of The Rings which consisted Elvens, Dwarves, Men & Hobbits; “The Hobbit” features the journey of a group of dwarves claiming their homes back in Lonely Mountain that was stolen by Smaug, The Dragon (who loves diamonds and golds); and of course Gandalf, The Grey came into the picture to help and he had chose Bilbo Baggins to join the adventure.
Gandalf, The Grey by Ian McKellen.
The journey encountered quite few hiccups and battles. The leader of the Dwarves, namely Thorin Oakenshield refuses to seek help from The Elves who reside in Rivendell ruled by Lord Elrond (Arwen Undomiel’s father). Together with Galadriel of Lothlorien (Lord Elrond’s mother-in-law & Arwen Undomiel’s grandmother) & Saruman, the council discussed but proved to no avail as Gandalf was determined to go with the initial plan to help the Dwarves.
Galadriel, played by Cate Blanchett.
Lord Elrond; played by Hugo Weaving.
On whole, I would say that initially the film was a bit draggy and soporific but as it goes to the climax and as the plot began to unravel, it was quite enchanting and entertaining especially seeing picturesque scenery of New Zealand as the principal setting for the film. This make me wanted to go back to New Zealand (Refer to my New Zealand trip at : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/the-kia-ora-experiences-in-te-wai-pounamu-new-zealand-the-real-middle-earth-on-earth/); this time I would love to go to the Northern New Zealand! That would be a nice ambition, no?
Galadriel talks to Gandalf in Rivendell.
The Elves looked ethereal as usual and Rivendell looked so beautiful that I wished lived there! Nevertheless, the star that stole the show would be Gollum, played by Andy Serkis! He provided the funny and comical relieves as well as macabre maliciousness of the twisted Gollum! Well done, Andy Serkis! It’s a high time that Serkis is given a rightful recognition for his dedication to make Gollum such a character!
Gollum! The showstealer of the film! (,”)
The music score is beautiful as ever by Howard Shore; making me wanting to buy the soundtrack! On whole, I give 4 stars outta 5 stars for this 1st installment of “The Hobbits” trilogy. Not bad, after all. Namárië (be well; in Quenya).