Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm and Christopher Lee
Studio: MGM/Warner Brothers/New Line
“The Hobbit” begins its trilogy with “An Unexpected Journey”. When you get past the awkwardly framed prologue, you enter into Hobbiton. It’s a nice little burg with a few lifts from the old Rankin Bass version. But, Jackson knows that he defined this world a generation ago. There’s something about a confident director returning to the well. It’s an easy hit, so what do they do? Repeat the old victory or try to get experimental?
The story is filled with emotional subtexts which move at breakneck speed throughout the length of the film, constantly switching gears between the palettes of emotions. The dialogs exude class and confidence holding grip of the story yet laced with the finesse that allows for emotional drama combined with spiritual uprising, casting a satire on the entire system and its treatment of identities. The script penned by Fran Walsh is one of par excellence, allowing the audience to blend into Bilbo through his smiles and tears , laugh in his joy and cringe with every blow dealt to him.
Now, let’s delve into the film’s problems. While I have no problem with technology being mixed into filmmaking. There’s something about the 48 FPS that needed a few shorts to test out. I do subscribe the theory of Go Big or Go Home, but there is a need for this material to be tested. Pixar didn’t just say that they were making a feature lengthed CG movie for the first time. They tested with smaller test projects and slowly moved to the final product.
What I’ll take away from “The Hobbit” is the fact that Peter Jackson knows what he can do and who his target audience. It’s just that we can still see the traces of Del Toro’s influence and it seems like he promised a better movie. If you aren’t a fan of LOTR, then you’re not going to like Jackson’s sped up version of the same material. If you are a fan, then this review doesn’t matter. You bought the ticket a long time ago, you just waited for the movie to show up.
RELEASE DATE: 12/14/2012