Oh so many bells and whistles

Oh so many bells and whistles

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Photo: Warner Bros Picture
Director Peter Jackson is back with the much-anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first instalment of a trilogy of films bringing JRR Tolkien's children's classic The Hobbit to the screen. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joins a company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom and its vast treasures guarded by the dragon Smaug.

The film was shot at 48 frames per second, not the standard 24, a groundbreaking yet controversial move. The new technology takes some getting used to: the quality of the graphics is comparable to, if not better than, high-definition TV. But the problem comes when there is too much detail in a frame. Props and sets are so real that they look like, well, props and sets. The fantasy classic has lost some of its magic.

Fortunately, the film has a lot to offer other than the somewhat jarring graphics. Its long running time allows for rich and realistic character development. Even people who aren't into fantasy will appreciate the film's effort to show the bittersweet relationship between dwarves and elves.

Although the plot does not move forward much, the action compensates for it. If you love action and the idea of dwarves falling off cliffs to land on trolls and orcs, you're in for a treat.

YP Rating: 4/5



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