by Erik Hernandez, Staff Reporter
Whether or not you have read the book, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” is easily one of the best movies of the year.
The movie is the first installment of a trilogy that tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving hobbit from the Shire going on an adventure with 13 dwarves and Gandolf the Grey, a wizard, to restore the lost city of the dwarves, Erebor.
Right from the beginning, you will notice how captivating the scenery and characters are. You feel like you’re in the scenes, not just viewing them.
What was really well done with this movie was how the characters grew throughout. It was interesting to see the bravery of Bilbo grow, or his friendship with the king of the dwarves, Thorin Okenshield. A great connection can be felt with the characters as they show moral lessons of courage, trust and friendship.
The actors who portrayed the characters were indeed excellent. Martin Freeman as Bilbo was simply a delight.
Sci-fi movie characters are often difficult to relate to; however, that is not the case with Bilbo. As Bilbo goes on the journey and faces many challenges, he develops into a strong, relatable character.
The biggest comedic factor to the movie was the 13 dwarves. From seeing the clumsiness of Stephen Hunter portraying Bombur to the mute William Kircher as Bifur, each one of them brought emotion to the movie.
One character was especially unique: Ian Mickellen as Gandolf. In the “Lord Of The Rings,” Gandolf didn’t have as much screen time as in “The Hobbit,” so it was nice to see his origins.
“The Hobbit” ran at 48 frames per second which takes some getting used to as it seems that scenes are in a sense fast forwarding, but at about 20 minutes your vision adjusts.
Another technical advancement in the movie is the computer graphics. For the first time, Gollum looked real. In the past, he looked gritty and obviously fake, but in “The Hobbit” the makers did a brilliant job of creating and displaying the character.
The environment also looked real. It brought more of a colorful tone to the movie. The creators of the film utilized their technology to its best extent.
However, the longevity of some scenes left a negative effect on the movie.
Despite the repetitiveness of the movie, “The Hobbit” is spectacular. The characters and environment felt real, and the new technology implemented in the movie made it feel refreshing.
Overall, this movie is a must-see, whether or not you have read the book.