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The Hobbit An Unnecessary Review

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So, why do it? We had been promised in one way or another, a prequel to Lord of the Rings from the moment that film was completed. At one point it look very unlikely as the Tolkien Family refused permission. The reasons are unnecessary to go over because, they relented and Director Peter Jackson (sorry, Sir Peter) has delivered the goods.

It is almost 60 years since the Hobbit was first published and since the “Hippies” picked up on the book in the late 60’s/early 70’s, it has slowly gained momentum as a work to be read and appreciated.

The reviews, by those who are paid to provide them, have largely been mixed. Frankly some of the negative reviews just made me more determined to see it. Based upon my previous experiences it seems that whenever a eagerly waited for film hits the screen, there are those who take great pleasure in ripping them apart.

The Hobbit was no different, but when I reflect upon one review having seen the film, I wonder how many of the negative reviews were written by someone who actually saw the whole film, and not just the trailer.

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One Melbourne Reviewer was scathing about the orcs. To paraphrase, he complained bitterly about the endless fights with the orcs (and the wargs)! Shit, which film did HE see? Yes there was a monumental battle with the orcs, but also battles with trolls and goblins! Obviously he didn’t understand that there are indeed major differences between these antagonists.

The journey allows the Bilbo to encounter various characters and circumstances that are unfamiliar and even threatening to him. Thus, novelty and suspense are built into the journey plot. Bilbo, for example, encounters the aforementioned nasty creatures as well as elves, Gollum, and Smaug the dragon on his journey to help the dwarves retrieve their treasure, and he travels well beyond the hobbit-lands through Mirkwood and the Misty Mountains to the Lonely Mountain.

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I saw the film in 3D. I have read many reviews where the reviewer was bewailing their choice and wishing they had seen it in 2D. Don’t make that mistake! This film is made and meant to be, in 3D.

The other major complaint is, that not much happens. Again I ask, ‘what film did
that person see’? Sure there is considerable setting of the scene and introduction of the characters. That is the way Tolkien wrote the book! But if you want action, ye gods! It comes in spades.

I must have read the Hobbit at least half a dozen times, includ
ing aloud in two different time periods to both my sons when they were children. It makes no difference and it takes nothing away from the film, in fact it is fascinating seeing the people and creatures of your mind being realized on a (very) large screen.

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So, why was this review unnecessary? Well, If you disliked Lord of the Rings, you probably will not go and see The Hobbit. If you really liked LOTR, you will LOVE The H
obbit. Me? I will be going back in a couple of months for another dose.

The Hobbit is, like Lord of the Rings, a trilogy. Part 2 “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is still coming out on December 13th, 2013. Part 3 is titled- The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The third Hobbit movie is on track to come to theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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Updated 8th April 2013 at 08:23 PM by Mick Pacholli

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