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James’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The first film in the Lord of the rings Hobbit trilogy, I was unsure with how I would of thought of it. As I’ve heard it’s no way near as good as the old Lord of the rings trilogy; but, this film I found to be very similarly to the old trilogy. As it brought me back into the world of middle earth, with their brilliant cinematography and the soundtrack is just iconic. The film starts in a similar way to the “Fellowship of the Ring” with Bilbo Baggins talking over what happened in the past when on his “unexpected journey”. The film starts off 60 years before “fellowship of the Ring”, as this trilogy is about Bilbo Baggins’ journey. As in this trilogy we are treated to seeing a younger Bilbo Baggins played amazingly well by Martin Freeman, I thought he was perfect for this role. Gandalf is also a big feature as well in this film, as he meets Bilbo Baggins to plan a journey in order to get the dwarfs’ home back. Then, we have some light hearted, funny moments when all 13 dwarfs come and eat and raid in Bilbo Baggins’ house. The group decide to join together and go on a big journey across middle earth, encountering fights against orcs, Wargs and then eventually goblins also storm giants and trolls. There is loads of brilliant scenes of action as the film is directed incredibly well once again by Peter Jackson, and there is so many hilarious comedic moments as the dwarf’s have great banter, with amazing acting and contrasting different personalities with all the dwarf’s which helps them bounce off each other and to create a fun and entertaining atmosphere when on screen together. This film also provides us with a great message behind it, as we have a hobbit out of place, out of his comfort zone and at first isn’t really welcomed and is judged in the group. However, as he earns their trust and builds a relationship he gains his trust and becomes a valuable member of the group. I really enjoyed the character moments from Saruman and Elrond and we get to see Rivendell and weathertop both from the old trilogy of the Lord of the rings. One of my favourite parts of the film was when we get to see the backstory from Bilbo Baggins’ point of view, when he managed to get hold of the ring and how this could explain the downfall of Gollum’s character. I also love Gandalf even more from the first film of this trilogy, as he’s so powerful. As he is shown fighting against Goblins as they were running across the bridge causing chaos. The films ends in a very nice and amazing way ready to set up the next film in the trilogy brilliantly well, so we can get the next part of the story to the home of the dwarfs.
Overall, I would review this film 4/5 ⭐️ There is a lot of great fun and amazing comedic moments. However, there was a slower pacing to this film definitely and lot less action/violence and I felt the starting parts at the beginning of dragged a bit. It was unreal going back to middle earth and hearing the iconic soundtrack and its an incredible story with some great messages in the film as well. This film surprised me a lot with its quality, I really liked it.
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Coming soon 🔜 Lord of the Rings Hobbit : The desolation of Smaug
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