December 27, 2012
An Entertaining Jaunt, With the Top Down
THE HOBBIT: AUJ is a playful adaptation with a slightly different vibe. This film is light-on-its-feet, more keen to savor a moment than to rush. On Dec 5th I tweeted: "LOTR Trilogy=an intense week-long cross country trip, but Hobbit=a more leisurely Sunday drive, with the top down." Tolkien's original was a slight children's novel that goes from quaint to epic while never losing its élan. This film feels lighter. You're definitely still in the gorgeous, familiar arms of Tolkien's Middle-earth, as envisioned by Jackson. The cast is universally EXCELLENT! The design & effects team at WETA have again given us a miracle. Erebor is nuts, I loved it! Just give Andrew Lesnie the Oscar for his stunning camerawork. Admittedly the ending leaves us wondering where the 3rd Act might be. Next year's THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is on my mind! You know the old adage in Hollywood: "Always leave 'em wanting more."
Much too hasty,
Cliff 'Quickbeam' Broadway, writer from TheOneRing.net
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