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Movie Review : The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (HFR 3D)

The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings(LOTR) written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

These books are insanely famous and considered a must read for all fantasy/adventure readers.

Director Peter Jackson gave us Lord of the Rings (part1,part2,part3) and created something so magical that personally i consider LOTR trilogy the greatest fantasy series ever made. As soon as the Hobbit was announced – so was its HFR (high frame rate controversy) and later the trilogy.

Hobbit (i bought the book and read 6 chapters of it) is a single book and it was announced as a trilogy,and not a single movie.

Needless to say everyone was doubtful about the trilogy announcement.

I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey(IMDB) in HFR 3D as Peter Jackson shot it and recommended – i can start with saying – It is outstanding.

This part covers first 6 chapters of the book and the conversion on-screen is spectacular.

Bilbo Baggins – the hobbit is played by (Martin Freeman) is asked by Gandalf to join the group of dwarfs for an unexpected journey to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

So the journey starts with :

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

The movie starts off slow;setting up the mood and then as the events are placed – its nothing short of a spectacle.

If you loved LOTR – you must love this too and by the time it reaches the end, one is left begging for more :).

The direction is superb and director Peter Jackson knows his craft very well.The casting is perfect and this movie, start of a fantastic trilogy. Then we have THE Gollum – one of the most fascinating characters ever created on-screen( i am really sure about this) – the moment Gollum appears on the screen – every minute with this character is a treat to watch on screen – just out of the world – those minutes with Gollum.

CG depiction of Gollum created by Weta Digital...
CG depiction of Gollum created by Weta Digital for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now a note about HFR and negative reviews (additional links below) : The movie looks gorgeous in 48 frames/sec ,the action scenes and dark scenes look very crisp in 3D – yes it looks very real but you feel as if you are on journey with the characters –  and probably the length can be considered as a negative but not so much to take any credit away.
So if you love clarity( we live in the world of High Definition content anyways) – do not miss it.

Negative reviews on sites : Be rest assured about one thing – these reviewers made up their mind way before watching the movie and they were all out to shoot this one down – trust me go watch it yourself – if you liked LOTR there is nothing to hate about Hobbit – it’s just great film-making – few might find it slow in the start  but you will not regret when the movie ends.Cinematography and CGI is jaw dropping and the background score perfect to set you up in the mood.

Action : there is plenty to keep you entertained and is very well done – the beasts,sword fights,mountains,middle earth, you name it you have it – and it looks very cool in HFR.

Do yourself a favor and watch this on big screen – its brilliant.

Eagerly waiting for the next part – Hats off to J.R.R. Tolkien for writing this fantastic story and Peter Jackson for bringing the movie to screen.

Rating : Must watch.


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