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This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD + UV Copy(  (DVD)
For the most part, this is a fantastic film. Living up to everyone's expectations was perhaps an impossible task but on the whole it works beautifully, especially considering how difficult would always be to escape the shadow of Lord Of The Rings.
This does raise one of the main problems I had with the film however- it's constant attempts to explicitly tie in with LOTR. The Hobbit book was a standalone piece which unlike the film, did not drop heavy and overbearing hints about a 'darkness rising'. It gives the impression that LOTR events are going to happen next week, not way in the future. Several scenes are for this purpose only and really did not need to be there, for example the council with Saruman. Others just scream 'padding', such as the Elijah Wood part at the beginning.
This combined with the hefty running time, whilst not ruining the film, does give the impression that you're watching a rather indulgent directors cut when perhaps a leaner version would have worked better.
Having said all that and despite a slow start, I really enjoyed the film. The chase through the mountain is spectacular and really should be seen at the cinema, whilst the introduction of Smaug is particularly subtle and well handled. I doubt many will be disappointed.
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Initial post: 15 Dec 2012 14:14:55 GMT
The many references to LotR clearly reflect Jackson's hope that from now on young viewers (very few of whom will unfortunately bother to read the books) would first watch this film and only then the LotR trilogy. Hence also the somewhat infantile and even condescending approach to a number of the film's scenes - like the almost slapstick quality of the Troll encounter or the dwarves' visit at the start of the film.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 13:08:34 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
That approach might just come from the fact that the hobbit was a childrens book in the first place and the lord of the rings wasn't. They were trying to make it lighter in tone as a result.
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