The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

02 Jan 13

Did I catch a bad print?.

I apologise now if I offend, but I hope that all those folks who saw the Hobbit and didn't enjoy it may find comfort in this review. I really enjoyed the Ring trilogy and had high hopes for this one. The 48 frames per second concept made perfect sense to me (while I must admit the combo with 3D seemed an unusual choice) and I went in ready to be enthralled. What I got was the overall impression that something had gone horribly wrong. The tonal range was so blown out that the richness and range of colors had been severely reduced. I had the feeling I was watching a film shot entirely on a set in the Hollywood backlots. The close-ups certainly showed every pore on the skin but the sweeping NZ landscapes looked yellow and overly contrasty. And the sound was turned up to ear-splitting volume, was that the instruction that arrived with the print?
The only saving grace of this film was Martin Freemen who was relaxed and charming from start to finish. I can see why Sir Peter waited while he finished Sherlock Holmes. Without him this would have been one long in-your-face battle with no respite. With those who said this little book should never have been stretched to 3 films I must now agree. I think Sir Peter lost the plot, literally, with this one.