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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Hobbit

It has been 11 years since Peter Jackson released The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and 9 years when the series concluded with Return of the King. It has been rumored that Jackson will proceed in directing The Hobbit following the success of the trilogy, however, he decided to direct a remake of a Hollywood classic and stalled The Hobbit for a few years. And now,it is totally here, the 1st half of the tale of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures in Middle-Earth.

The Hobbit is mainly about how Bilbo managed to acquire the One Ring from Gollum during his adventures together with the dwarves as they reclaim The Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. Their journey started when Gandalf tricked Bilbo into hosting a gathering of Dwarves headed by their leader Thorin. They went to the wild encountering different creatures which eventually led them to Rivendell, the lair of the Elves. It is there that they were able to decipher the events.The group continued their journey, walking through each obstacle and knowing that Bilbo is just not a hobbit, but a Hobbit.

I am always amazed of how vast Middle Earth is.It was also refreshing to see it back in the silver screen. Going back to The Shire is like arriving back home. One of the key factors why The Hobbit works for me is that it was able to rekindle my liking to the series. To see old characters such as Gandalf (who is still Gandalf The Grey), Galadriel, Frodo and Bilbo back is such an overwhelming feeling.

Peter Jackson is still in control of Middle Earth and with this film, he was able to make a lecture out of the movie by making conversations between characters feel like they are introducing to us Middle Earth in a deeper manner. For a book that was actually short compared to the Lord of The Rings series, one might wonder why it has to be split into two. Jackson made it sure that fans will be able to totally relate with the characters and add tidbits about Middle Earth itself.

There was a great improvement in the special effects division. When we see Gollum back in 2002 we were amazed on how detailed the animation was. But when we saw The Hobbit, they pushed the technology to the limit that he seemed to be so real. Peter Jackson wants his Middle Earth to be perfect and he succeeded.

This has been a great comeback for the series. For years, Tolkien fans and Jackson fans alike will be in great happiness with the translation of the hobbit and once revisit the place that has triggered our imagination with wizards, nobility and greatness that comes from the smallest person one can imagine.



1 comment:

  1. I prefer how they filmed the LOTR than this one. but this movie brought back memories, I was still a college student in Iloilo when the trilogy came. I remember saving from my meager allowance so I could watch in the big screen.