The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12A) A Review
Sometimes we do things for others; and to sit in The Odeon, Festival Park for over 3 hours is one such thing. However, some dramas one endures in life can be more tormenting than others, and siting through the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (with one break) was perhaps less tormenting on the 'Endurance Scale'.
Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, one has to be interested in the mystical-fantastical genre to fully appreciate the Norse myth theme.
The script seems to be about the exploits of a motley crew of elfin and dwarf like characters searching across Middle Earth to reclaim their dispossessed Lonely Mountain home from a dragon.
Keeping with the as per usual, they are pursued by the personification of evil as in this time around Azog the White Orc riding oversized wolves called Wargs.
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It is refreshing that the cast is non-American and somewhat British in nature (If you can count James Nesbitt who I was never really over keen on). And it was particularly noted that Christopher Lee of Dracula fame played Saruman.
Ian Mckellen (Gandalf) even at his age somehow survives the trek to the Mountain (maybe its because of his mystical powers). Besides, the Boulder Giant enroute mildly entertained. As Bilbo Baggins' Gang are crossing the mountain, the granite disintegrates into massive pieces and a giant emerges as the mountain; lunging just as giant boulders.
One also has to over-concentrate on the scene featuring the goblin like Gollum even though it almost seemed nonsensical and contradictory. Andy Serkis who played Gollum has stated that his character was based on the notion of addiction as in the ring totally engulfs and destroys him just like addiction does.
Not being able to identify this link myself however, the character of Gollum was very weird in appearance indeed. Furthermore, the conundrums that had to be solved by Baggins (Martin Freeman-in those ridiculous corduroy shorts) and Gollum were over-complex and far too multifarious for the ordinary viewer to understand.
Unless you are Tolkien enthusiast of course.