It’s testament to the efficacy of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey that both myself and my 7 year old son sat through its entire 169 minutes without yawn or fidget: he, a Marvel Super Heroes obsessive and yours truly, never a fan of Tolkien. Having said that, I endured the entire Lord of The Rings Trilogy on DVD and, even though I found the experience a bit dull towards the end, couldn’t help but be impressed.
However, this latest offering from the Kiwi director has upped the ante no end. It’s a film that might easily be described as fantastic, in that it not only expertly channels the ‘fantasy’ genre but also offers a wondrous, cinematic spectacle that has to be seen to be believed. It is a triumph. All of the performances are faultless, but the standouts are Andy Serkis as Gollum, Martin Freeman as the bewildered and sympathetic Bilbo Baggins, and both Ken Stott and James Nesbitt as sword wielding dwarves.
The cinematography, maybe the finest possible advertisement for tourism in New Zealand ever envisaged, is gob-smackingly rich while the ‘special effects’ are so good that they seem completely natural. Thus, If you’ve an afternoon free over the festive period go take a young’un, whether offspring or otherwise, along to see it and marvel at what is an utterly amazing technical achievement and a thoroughly entertaining film. Join a cynical old git like me in eager anticipation for the next instalment , The Hobbit :The Desolation of Smaug, scheduled for Dec 13 2013.
The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey is in cinemas now.