If you're a regular follower of my reviews you would know that I like films. I remember watching films as a kid under the age of 10 when I was an attendee at The Odeon on London Rd in Derby (recently called Zanzibar nightclub) and The ABC cinema on East Street (near McDonald’s in Derby city centre).
I watch about 150 films per year, 80+ at either Cinema Deluxe in The Westfield Shopping Centre or the most excellent QUAD Arts Centre (do support this wonderful institution if you get the chance). I also watch over 80+ Films via TV or DVD so I like films, all types of films.
I've seen most of the blockbusters over the years however the films I've not watched are The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) Trilogy, why? I have no idea so when The Hobbit was announced to be screened just before Christmas I seriously thought I shouldn't watch it because I hadn't seen the other films in the series.
OK, so I changed my mind and go along to the cinema and go to the counter and ask for a "Free" ticket (da ‘g’ don't pay sucka!) only to be informed that "no passes allowed" for this film. So I'm thinking why should I pay to see a film that I can see for free in three weeks time? The attendant explained that the film is in 3D, HFR and it's one of the most expensive films ever made.
So I paid my £8.20 took out my "I look stupid" 3D glasses and took my seat to watch AN AMAZING FILM!!
Wanna know more? Well read on brother and sister curious...
The story starts when Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is requested by Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) to join a baker's dozen of Dwarfs on a journey to reclaim what was theirs that has been stolen from them by an unfriendly Dragon.
Bilbo is reluctant because he is a homely fellow and isn't really into outdoor pursuits such as camping, caving and being a hero.
The others don't really want him aboard because the only thing that is oversized about him isn't his heart but his feet!
However on this "voyage of discovery" he/they discover a lot about themselves...
Some of the usual characters from LOTR make an appearance here including Saruman (Sir Christopher Lee), and Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) and Gollum (Andy Serkis) to name but three.
Main cast of characters include but not instantly recognisable are: Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Billy Connolly, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry and Sylvester McCoy.
Did meet a pleasant fellow called Kevin Elmore at the cinema who has read the books and said that "there was too action scenes and not enough moving on with the story!"
A tweet I got just as I had completed my review landed in my inbox which I'll share below...
@JD3NTON: @gmanzen - Mmm it just didn’t look as good as other films have these past few years. The bridge scenes in the caves where amazing to look at though.
So there you have it, varying views but what's yours? To see mine, read below.
An amazing film that after seeing it I went to “That's Entertainment" and bought the LOTR DVD box-set to add to my book box-set.
Go see it and experience what everyone's talking (positively and negatively) about then read the books to complete your Middle Earth experience.