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An Unexpected Journey, but expected class
on 30 July 2017
Part one of Peter Jackson's second Tolkien trilogy. I shan't give away any of the story here, but it takes place earlier in time than the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, though it isn't a direct prequel to that tale. Martin Freeman is excellent as Bilbo Baggins, the title character, and Ian McKellen appears again as Gandalf, delivering another fine performance. The rest of the cast, too, are well up to the standard. Bilbo's quest makes for a gripping tale, and for anyone who enjoyed LOTR this will surely hit the spot also.
All six of Jackson's Tolkien films are beautifully made and stand up to repeated viewings. He's come a long way since his first real movie, Bad Taste in 1987, but though the scale of his projects has grown, he has not forgotten the essential art of storytelling which made that first outing a cult classic. This is a wonderful picture.