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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Purists, But Superb Anyway, 25 May 2013
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This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Having just watched this film, I feel compelled to review it (something I don't normally do for this type of movie)just to try and help counteract the vitriolic comments and critics' campaigns against it and its director in newspapers like The Guardian. Since its release, there has been something of a witch-hunt against The Hobbit, verging on hysteria among those very vocal purists. Contention seems to range from the interpretation of Tolkien's book, to making it in three not two parts, to the technical decision to film in 48 frames per second (not 24). Peter Jackson must be wondering if releasing the forthcoming instalments is now worth bothering about. It certainly is. Under some influence from this clamour, I bought the Blu-ray and watched, expecting very little. On the contrary, just under three hours raced past with ease - even though one critic called it slow and hard work (did he see the same film?). This is total entertainment of a very high order. Jackson and his team offer extraordinarily high production standards and commitment to their source material, comparable to what we expected (in a very different genre)from a Kubrick, or today from James Cameron. Jackson for me is in a special category of directors. The Hobbit looks fantastic on Blu-ray. The cast is great, not least Martin Freeman, who make the story engaging, good natured and exciting. I rather liked Ken Stott and James Nesbit. You care for these interesting characters and want to travel in their company. It takes itself less seriously than The Lord of the Rings, which some may or may not like. The decision to offer a cinematic 'interpretation' and creatively expand on the original book seems a valid one, even though I can say that I loved the original Tolkien story. This revision has so far been done with skill and imagination. Purist must obviously stay away, to protect their delicate sensibilities. The rest of us can look forward to two more parts with reliable anticipation. Ignore the criticisms. Buy and be entertained.
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