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A film reviewer, a poem dabbler and an admirer of words. They are funny things aren't they? Words, where would we be without them? On TV probably.
Published January 16th 2013
The Hobbit: A Long Drawn-Out Expected Journey

Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' is the first of three instalments to portray the journey of Bilbo Baggins and his quests around Middle Earth.

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The Headline Poster of The Hobbit Featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' is the fourth film set in Middle Earth that Peter Jackson has taken on with a view to a further two more films to complete 'The Hobbit' trilogy. Jackson was not the original director assigned to this project but after Guillermo Del Toro pulled out, Peter was on hand to offer his services. However, Del Toro did become a screenwriter for this film.

The Hobbit' trilogy was original going to be a two-part film but it then became evidentially clear that it would be too long for two movies, consequently becoming a trilogy. Furthermore, this provides me with an issue I found with the first instalment. As this became a trilogy, it seemed they tried to make the film longer than it needed to be. I believe the first forty-five minutes were not really needed creating an irritating start to a long-winded film that for me, never really took off. I understand this film is the first six chapters of 'The Hobbit' book and that not a lot happens, but I would rather Peter Jackson make a two hour, snappier film than a three hour bore.

Moreover, at least some of the cast eased the yawning for a little while. For me, only a few characters stood out in this instalment. I thought Martin Freeman added a new comedic element to a predominantly dark film with his stuttering, sarcastic lines accompanying a great timing with his dialogue. I thought Andy Serkis as Golem was a gem in this film with only fifteen minutes of screen time. The scene with him and Martin Freeman was the highlight of the movie. I found Richard Armitage's character Thorn very interesting too as I liked his powerful personality to lead the boisterous group of dwarves across Middle Earth.

The Verdict
To sum up, I really wanted to love 'The Hobbit' but I just found myself becoming more and more annoyed as the scenes went on. The constant 'nod' to the 'Lord of the Rings' saga was irritating too; like the audience did not know the two trilogies were related. I do not doubt Peter Jackson has lost his touch with these series; it may just be that the worst chapters of 'The Hobbit' novel are over now. I just hope the latter is correct.

Star Rating: 3/5
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Why? To Get Your Middle Earth Fix
When: From 14th December 2012
Where: In Cinemas
Cost: Average Cinema Price (Varies)
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