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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Archives -

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Archives -

Jack Rico


2012/12/14 at 12:00am

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Finally, the long awaited prequel to “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit” is finally here. Is it worth going to see? Yes, but… Is it worth paying $20 to see its industry changing 3D? Yes, but… Ok, because of it’s 2hrs and 49 minutes duration will the length make you snore at some point? Maybe… So what’s the deal here!? Bottom line is this: If you like epic fantasy adventure, especially the ones like LOTR, then you will enjoy “The Hobbit”. If you’re not into any of these genre films, you’re going to be annoyed and irate at the experience.


This first of three movies, “The Hobbit” focuses on the life of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a Hobbit who journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.


Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who at one point was directing this movie, is now the co-writer and has gifted us with a fun action-adventure tale full of imagination and ingenuity. Regrettably, there is excessive character developments in the first half hour that are just too mentally fatiguing, but from there, it’s a slow, steady climb to a rousing climax. Helping the proceedings is the action sequences that seem to be relentless, and in certain instances, overwhelming. Fortunately, del Toro writes in some spots to allow “breaks” to catch our wind and re-immerse ourselves in the plot. 


On the other side, director Peter Jackson, director of the previous three “The Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) films, has improved the visuals from his former trilogy, but not necessarily the pacing. Nevertheless, his use of special effects is a crowning cinematic achievement of epic proportions worth watching. 


The LOTR movies are targeted for everyone, but in particular to young adult men. It seems that the more adult working moviegoer, male or female, are not very attracted to anything these films have to offer, especially its duration. They find it too long and complicated to keep up with them. Unfortunately, they are right and Jackson would do better, in broadening the audience, if he did make these films shorter and subtracted some of the excess characters. I’m sure Tolkien purists would disagree.


The Hobbit” no longer carries the hype status that it’s predecessors did back in the early 2000’s, much perhaps because this is the fourth go around, as opposed to a new vision for fantasy that the previous LOTR films promised, yet director Peter Jackson does promise some new tricks up his sleeve.


New to the mix is Jackson’s much talked about visuals shot in 48fps and HFR 3D. What does that all mean? It means a higher, clearer resolution of image and a more brighter sharper 3D. This is all true except that the film ceases to look like film and assumes the  appearance of television video. Moviegoers are divided on this. Old school cats are not going to like the way “The Hobbit” looks, but the LED TV owners aren’t going to mind it at all, since it is what they’re used to seeing it at home. Ultimately, there is nothing like seeing film as part of the theatrical movie experience (I own a plasma for the purposes of conserving the film aspect). 


Despite the new 3D which looks like LED TV imagery, the action is the centerpiece of the film. It is an assault on the senses and it is much more abundant than the previous three.  


The movie is a fine collection to the pantheon of the LOTR series and purists will definitely enjoy this prequel.

Karen Posada


2012/12/11 at 12:00am

‘The Hobbit’: Interviews with Peter Jackson and the cast!

It’s been almost 10 years since ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ premiered and now finally the prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is here, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ will open in the United States this Friday December 14. This one will be followed by ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ to open December 13, 2013 and then, ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ July 18th 2014. In this first part, we will join young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) in his first adventure with some new faces such as Thorin (Richard Armitage) the Dwarf King of Erebor and the rest of the twelve dwarves, whose kingdom has been taken away by a dragon named Smaug. Familiar faces accompany us on the trip such as the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and they will bump into Goblins, Orcs, Giant Spiders, Sorcerers and even Gollum (Andy Serkis) among others. In this journey he will discover himself as well as the wanders that the world outside of The Shire has to offer. Read More

Mack Chico


2012/11/07 at 12:00am

‘The Hobbit’: 17 new character posters

'The Hobbit': 17 new character posters

It’s getting closer to release date for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and that means it’s time to discover even more goodies. 17 character posters were released and give us another look at the characters that populate this world. It’s looking pretty good!

The movie stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori, Mark Hadlow as Dori, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, Dean O’Gorman as Fili, Aidan Turner as Kili, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, James Nesbitt as Bofur, William Kircher as Bifur, Ken Stott as Balin, Graham Mctavish as Dwalin, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The movie is directed by Peter Jackson.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released to theaters on December 14, 2012.

Jack Rico


2012/08/30 at 12:00am

The Hobbit trilogy: New dates, titles

The Hobbit trilogy: New dates, titles

Good news for Peter Jackson fans and those who were on the bandwagon throughout the Guillermo del Toro director days, there is a new name and a new release date for Peter Jackson’s third prequel installment to The Lord of the Rings – it will now be titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” and it will be released worldwide on July 18, 2014.

But that’s not all, Warner Bros and MGM Pictures also announced the title of the second installment in the franchise, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, which will be released on December 13, 2013. Oh, and yes, the original of the new trilogy being released later this year, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is going to be an interesting watch due to the new technology of 48 frames per second.

All three movies are being shot in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology.

So let’s recap:
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Dec. 14, 2012.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Dec. 13, 2013.
“The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” July 18, 2014.

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