As a self-proclaimed bookworm, I’m always, always, ALWAYS leery of books (especially the classics) gone Hollywood. The works of J.R.R. Tolkien, to boot, are of the please-for-the-love-of-every-generation-ever-don’t-mess-this-up variety. I was one of the few I know that thoroughly enjoyed Peter Jackson’s adaption of The Lord of the Rings series. If I lose street cred for this one, I’m willing to have those points docked. Mainly because I am certain that Jackson’s latest endeavor to translate the brilliance of The Hobbit into a triple film phenomenon is spot on.
The first installment of the three film series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, does a great job of setting the bar high in terms of matching the book and supplementing some of the story’s internal conflicts and resolutions in an outward, on-screen sort of way. Did I mention the amazing effects?! I should mention the amazing effects. One of the highlights for me were the amazing effects. From the scenery and the action scenes to the compositing and the CGI talents employed for the Goblins, Wargs, and Orcs, any visual nerd is going to be on the edge of their seat excited for the duration of the film. Not to mention that the amazing effects do a bang up job of depicting the imagery from the book. I mean, I’m a pretty visually imaginative person, but even I couldn’t have hit the nail so perfectly on the head. (Why yes, I did just put myself on the same level as Peter Jackson. Sue me.)
Another aspect I really liked about the flick? IT WASN’T NINE-HUNDRED HOURS LONG! I don’t know about the rest of you, but the only movie I really enjoy sitting through for more than three hours is Titanic…yep. I went there. ”I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go…” ::cue Celine Dion:: The trouble with most longer movies is that there are lulls. Lulls and lulls and lulls and lulls in the story that send you on a one-way train to Snoresville.
So…Jesskel gives The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey two thumbs way, way up and recommends you check your local listings to find out more reasons why for yourself.