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Swathwood movie review: ‘The Hobbit’

Published 1:54pm Friday, December 21, 2012

Brayden Swathwood
Star Struck

‘The Hobbit’
4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Adventure, fantasy

The moment the world has been waiting for, the first installment of the “The Hobbit.” Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s first middle-earth adventure, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) sets out with the wizard we all know and love, Gandolf (Ian McKellen) and a group of amazing dwarves to go and battle the dragon Smaug that destroyed their home.

One of the first scenes is an epic battle, but, as some fans may know, the movie was shot at 48 frames per second and it is unbelievably noticeable, and not in a good way. The fight is too blurry and unbearable, giving me a headache. From that moment, I thought this movie was going to be a painful experience. I was wrong.

At the beginning, a short story is told about how Bilbo was selected to go on this journey and how Smaug destroyed the Dwarven Kingdom. Along this road, we get to know the story on why the dragon must be slain and the difficult decision Bilbo must make. That is what the first 30 minutes are all about: a lot of talking and a few great musical moments, such as the famous “Misty Mountains Cold.”

Throughout the movie, there are plenty of well done battle scenes. Action fans will not be disappointed. From fighting some terrifying Orcs, to giants, there is plenty of action. The acting by Martin Freeman was superb. I could not think of a better or more deserving actor to play Bilbo. He portrays him perfectly.

Who could forget about the one and only, Gollum (Andy Serkis)? Bilbo and Gollum offer a hilarious scene of riddles. Gollum is a lot younger and a lot better looking.

The background images were outstanding: Some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

Even with all of these great characteristics, the best things are the beautifully written script and storyline. The story was well developed in every way a story could be. Peter Jackson did not rush any scene and made sure each part of the story was perfect. The story flows and never skips a beat.

The only problem I have with “The Hobbit,” is it is being broken into three movies. “Lord of the Rings” was three books and “The Hobbit” is only one. I’m interested to see how the story is continued.

Epic, and beautiful is a few ways to describe this work of art. It left the audience asking, “Is it December of next year yet?”

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