So is three films too much to cover the hobbit? This is what had me curious going in to watch An Unexpected Journey, the first instalment of the middle earth franchise. The Hobbit was children’s book written by J R R Tolkien witch after it’s success produced the much more epic and adult themed squeal, The Lord of the Rings. So with Jackson going backwards, the challenge is adapt a lighter and shorter story after the grand scale of the previous films. The result is more of the some, witch will please most of the fans, but may disappoint some who want a different spin. Originally set for Jackson to just produce and with Guillermo del Toro directing with just 2 films, would of maybe given just that. That said, who else other than Jackson to take us back to middle earth. With that aim in mind, tie everything together with extra scenes to make the saga complete.
Clocking in at just under the three hour mark, it’s a tad too long, but never leaves you feeling bored. With everyone from Ian McKellen to Andy Serkis returning to there previous roles, it feels like an old friend witch you’ve not seen for a while. Martian Freeman is the perfect Bilbo, balancing the dramatic with a comedic, making the scene with Gollum a highlight. The 48 frames per second has been blow out of proportion on ether side. It’s not as revolutionary as it deems itself, but nether does it seem wrong and out of place. The main complaint has been been making Bilo’s home look more like a set and takes you out of the film. Not so. It’s essentially the same difference of DVD to Blu Ray. Just a clearer image that looks great and helps the 3D effects look brighter and less blurry. I really enjoyed watching The Hobbit and though we may complain that it’s a tad too padded out, we can only wait till There and Back Again’s closing credits too truly know if it was a mistake..