Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The film that Jackson MadeThis film is an awe-filling stroll through the imagination of its creators. Watching it in HFR was not nauseating, head-giving or experience ruining. It was a opportunity to appreciate the finely detailed clothing, textures, colours and expansive and unique sets.
The story was elaborate in that in investigated every sentence of plot that was tossed into the book. The pacing wasn't perfect, but this can be easily overlooked. I am a reader and lover of Tolkein, but I am completely comfortable with the fact that the book and the film are two different things. No, the film didn't really play out like the story I had imagined in the book. But I did genuinely enjoy looking at the same events through someone else's eyes. There are plenty of winks and nods to those who have read the Hobbit though, which is fun.
Richard Armitage's Thorin was surprisingly excellent, and this film belongs to him as much as Bilbo. Martin Freeman's Bilbo carried the film well throughout the slow beginning, and reached his peak in the Riddles in the Dark sequences with a Gollum (hats off to Andy Serkis too!).
This one endearing film - as imperfect and lovely as Tolkein's classic.