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Plenty of magical beings,but no magic in this "prequel".....,
This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Extended Edition [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This is an interesting example of how the industry operates.The mega-success of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy practically guaranteed a sequel.Or,a prequel,as is the case here.So we got "Hobbit".I won't bother with details.The story is just a pretext. Yet I find two points worth mentioning.First,the special effects,which are truly magnificent.Second, the almost total elimination of "humans" from the story.It takes some time to realise that,but there is not a single "human being"involved,barring the wizards(Gandolph and Saruman).No kings,no knights,no fair princesses,no lords,no peasants,no blacksmiths ! You get 13 dwarves(real or digitalised)the hobbit (Bilbo Baggins),the golum, and lots of elves,trolls,goblins,and monsters.You name it,but no humans.That is obviously intentional (strange beings are easier to sell)yet it is totally disrespectful to Tolkien,whose main characters included humans as a majority.This has also exerted a negative influence on the "characters' depth" front,for humans are far more complex and varying than the "stereotype",even "clownish", non-human characters.
The movie is pleasant and easy to watch.Good fun it is,but it has none of the "magic" or the "character" that "The Lord of the Rings" posessed in abundance.