December 16, 2012
Long In The Tooth... But Well Worth The Trip
Simply put, it's an enjoyable excursion... that is to say, the start to one. As with the LOTR trilogy, the films inhabits a beautiful world. Jackson and Del Toro pepper their tale with extended fight scenes, and backstory sequences not in the source material, but it's all well served given the scope they are aiming for.
Freeman makes a most excellent Hobbit. All the cast is well sourced, and deliver that great balance of humor and pathos. While the prosthetic make-up on some of the dwarves is a bit ham-fisted, by an hour in, it's as organic as anything else.
Fans of the LOTR trilogy will be right at home. Newcomers may find the world a bit cumbersome to take in all at once.
Ultimately, I'd recommend the movie to anyone who has a predilection for long Dungeons and Dragons games, fans of LOTR, and those looking for a loooooooong adventure peppered with brilliant cinematography and amazing detail.
found this review helpful.
- Was this helpful to you?