Movie Review (Eng): The Hobbit
On Dec 24, 2012
Fans of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy would certainly be pleased with director Peter Jackson's latest venture, 'The Hobbit'. The first movie of a three part series set as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings, successfully carries in it the charm and mystique that had made the short framed, big footed Hobbits into a world wide phenomenon. In a way 'The Hobbit' goes one step further than Lord of the Rings in creating a visual extravaganza, which unfolds in front of the viewer in high quality 3D.
The movie is based on JRR Tolkien's fantasy novel 'Hobbit', which laid the ground work for his much larger and deeper canvas in 'The Lord of the Rings'. The film follows the adventure of the hobbit 'Bilbo Baggins', played by Martin Freeman, along with 13 other dwarfs, who are in the process of reclaiming their kingdom situated at the 'Lonely Mountain', from the hands of 'Dragon Smaug'. Ian Mckellen reprises his role as the 'Wizard Gandalf' and is around all through the movie, while a host of other characters also makes a reappearance, although with lesser prominence.
The 13 dwarfs, survivors of a brutal war for the Lonely Mountain kingdom against the Orcs, are led by the dwarf king 'Thorin Oakenshield', played by Richard Armitage. The very popular character of 'Gollum', and the ring itself makes an appearance in The Hobbit. While there is no dearth of central characters in the movie, The Hobbit still appears to be comparatively light, hinting at a less intricate story line, with lesser scope of powerful characters than its predecessor.
However, the visualization of the movie stands on par with that of Lord of the Rings, including some stunning shots of rugged, snow clad mountains, arid valleys and involving some unique, monstrous creatures of all kinds and shapes. The cinematography by Andrew Lesnie hasn't missed a beat from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the 3D effect is probably the best since James Cameroon's Avatar. The same goes for the music by Howard Shore, which really lay down the tone of surrealism to the overall texture of the movie.
Director Peter Jackson, who co-wrote the movie with Guillmero del Tero, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, has cleverly struck onto the nostalgic element with the fans of the Lord of the Rings series through The Hobbit, while taking care to bring in the element of newness into it at the same time. The story has been beautifully weaved together with that of the Lord of the Rings, as it deals with the background of some of the characters as well.
In other words, The Hobbit starts anew from where Peter Jackson had left off with the Lord of the Rings. The first movie of the three part series ends with a promise of a lot more stunning locales, graphic works and picturisations of epic proportions in the films to follow. After the Harry Potter saga, The Hobbit appears to be the next billion dollar franchise that's set to command a world wide following with its intriguing story line set in a world where anything in deemed possible at any moment in time.