Peter Jackson’s familiarity with the world of Tolkien’s middle earth has already been seen in his Lord of The Rings trilogy. With the first of three Hobbit movies – An Unexpected Journey, it almost feels like we have gone back into that familiar shire to meet our old friends – Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo, and some new ones. The decision to make such a small book into a trilogy could have been purely backed by financial reasons. But it gives the movie enough breathing space to introduce us the characters, and never feels to have overstayed its welcome. Even with its epic 150 minutes length, The Hobbit never seems too long, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Of course, as the book, the movie also feels a bit inclined to cater to the younger audience, unlike the grim and darker tone of LOTR. But having said that, Peter Jackson effectively strikes a balance between the playful humour, and the emotional connect, as well as the high-action epic storytelling that we have loved in the LOTR series.
That would be the last of my comparisons with the LOTR series, and for those who keep complaining about the Hobbit not feeling as epic as LOTR – have you even read the books? This is not what Peter Jackson fabricated. The LOTR series is a completely different beast altogether – obviously, bigger in scale. I will be discussing the Hobbit in more details in the following 10 points – about the 3D, HFR, Dwarves, Goblins, Orcs and more. So, hit the jump. [SPOILER ALERT]