Monday, December 17, 2012
Movie review - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
First the film, The Hobbit is nothing short of a great adventure film. Familiar characters return and the new characters are endearing.Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armirage) leads the group of Dwarve's to The Lonely Mountain. Much like the Journey in The Lord Of The Rings. Of course, they encounter trouble along the way. Goblins, Orcs, Trolls and Necromancers abound. Pacing can be a tad slow at times but, an epic action scene pulls you back in soon enough. There isn't much character development with the new group of adventurer's however. This is somewhat disappointing as, you really want to know more about them. Weta Digital, Jackson's special effects studio truly outdid themselves this time. The special effects are truly fantastic. Gollum's scene is an amazing standout. I wish there were more of him but, his scene is pivitol.
The Tech used to film this is the EPIC RED camera system. This films at 48 frames per second versus the standard filming of 24 frames per second. This produces a very sharp, fast moving image on screen. I'm not sure I like it or not yet. The picture is amazingly sharp, like an HD television. At times, the image moved a bit too fast, particularly during big action scenes. Watching Drawves' move so fast was almost like watching a Benny Hill skit. It can be compared to a made for TV movie or a soap opera kind of picture. I'm interested on if this will gain ground in hollywood. It wasn't bad per se, just new. The Hobbit is a great start for the trilogy, I just would have wanted a bit faster pace and more character development.
4 out of 5 stars