The Hobbit Trilogy


The biggest problem with Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is that it came too late. Had it not followed his brilliant Lord of the Rings films, I think people would have a higher regard for this set of movies, because The Hobbit series are very good films indeed. I think this could have been done with two movies. The last one seems like a extended version of the second and by the end it gets a little long in the tooth.

But you have to give Jackson credit, as he and his team of wizards at Weta Digital really, like Lucas and Spielberg, have changed the world of effects for the better. There is scene after breathtaking scene, of magical vistas, insanely creative and lifelike monsters, and just awesome battles. Some of this would be lost if it wasn’t for Jackson’s gift for storytelling and narration. There is great humor and drama tthe wonder of the cinema, and wants you to feel that thrill too.

The story of simple Bilbo Baggins( Martin Freeman), once again the wizard Gandolf the grey (the brilliant Ian McKellen), and the group of thirteen Dwarves who are traveling to Lonely Mountain to kill the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) and reclaim the gold he guards, in the Kingdom one ruled by the Dwarves, is well known. Freeman is perfect as Bilbo, meek, sly, and slowly hardened, first by the journey, and then by the Precious ring he obtains, forged in Mount Doom. The dwarves are a entertaining and funny group, led by the son of the king: Thorin Oakenshield (a very good Richard Armitage).In a world filled with goblins, wargs, wood elves, evil spirits, a host of critters who inhabit the land, and yes, that pesky Gollum, this is another enchanting quest. The scene where Bilbo first encounters the giant Smaug, is worth viewing just for that scene. The Hobbit Trilogy should be watched on a big flat screen, with a good sound system.With a another classic book, Jackson has hit  one out of the ballpark again.

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