Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 14th December, 2012
Time : 169 minutes
Director : Peter Jackson; Writers : Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Guillermo Del Toro, based on the novel ‘Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien; Music: Howard Shore
Starring : Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Barry Humphries, Manu Bennett
I haven’t read Lord of the Rings, nor seen any of the films (I think I may have seen the first one but got bored of the special effects). I liked the fact this film delved more into the human angle, the who, the why rather than just the action. But in doing so, it became quite slow, lengthy, drawn out and quite predictable.
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), the Hobbit, is picked by Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the Wizard, to help a gang of dwarves, led by their King Thorin (Richard Armitage) reclaim their kingdom from a dragon. Gandalf feels Bilbo has lost the sense of adventure he used to possess as a child and is in need of one. Bilbo resists, objecting to how the dwarves eat, use the furniture, drink and behave, even spoiling his mother’s lace doily. But then eventually joins the motely crew. Elves, Goblins, magical swords, forests under a spell, bloodthirsty Orc’s astride giant wolves, and a mysterious ring which gives the wearer certain powers all ensure the sought after adventure doesn’t disappoint.
Great special effects, stunning landscapes and cinematography ensure the film works visually. But the pace is slow to begin with and flags a couple of times in the middle. Also, there is an air of predictability about the way most of the enemy encounters shape up, with the usual suspects coming to the rescue. Also, possibly because I haven’t read the book, I wasn’t able to emotionally connect too much with any of the characters, though I was rooting for the brave, hardy dwarf king a bit by the end.
Am not sure about taking kids below ten for the film, with some of the creatures shown likely to pay them a visit during the night. However, if you do intend to see it, there is no better place to do so than a theatre. This one is not made for watching on the telly.