Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Hobbit

Anyone who had a childhood desire, as I did, to transform J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit from book to screen, must bow in deference to Director Peter Jackson for creating an altogether incomparable, altogether masterful and altogether fun production, building on what he learned in The Lord of the Rings.

Jackson must, in turn, bow to his leading man Martin Freeman whose self-deprecating and earnest portrayal of Bilbo Baggins immediately won over the audience and carried us through the most harrowing scenes with hope and humor.  I can’t imagine anyone being able to do a better job in this role.

The Lord team of Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, Production Designer Dan Lennah and Editor Jabez Ollsen were, also, in top form, as were the Dwarves, Andy Serkis' Gollum and, of course, Ian McKellen in his portrayal of a younger Gandalf.

The only negative was the peculiarly fake performance of the normally splendid Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo. But, thankfully, he was only in the first 15 or so minutes of the film.

If you haven’t read The Hobbit or haven’t seen The Lord of the Rings, this production is a perfect introduction to Tolkein’s masterpiece as it is The Lord’s prequel and this first chapter of the, ultimately, three-part film production and gives a clear exposition of who’s who and the history of Middle Earth.
While it might not be advisable for children under six, this is a wonderful Holiday film for the rest of the family.

I give The Hobbit a 4+ out of 5.

1 comment:

  1. I was disappointed with The Hobbit - and I am a Lord of the Rings fan. I did not feel close to the characters in The Hobbit, I didn't care about them - whereas every time I watch The Fellowship , I cry when Boromir dies. And I did not like the way they strayed from the book and made up some things. I didn't feel close to young Bilbo, everyone's motivation seemed to be glossed over. I'll still watch the rest of them as they come out but I'm hoping like the Harry Potter movies - it gets better over time:)