What's the film about?
If you somehow missed the epic Lord Of The Rings trilogy then now is the perfect time to jump in with the prequel and get to grips with Middle-earth.
The first in a trilogy of films based on J.R.R Tolkien's classic, The Hobbit, this film is about a lovely little Bilbo Baggins, who finds himself part of an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.
After being summoned by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo joins thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.
Their quest takes them into the wild which is swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.
Who's in it? Ian Mckellen, Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Andy Serkins
We haven't always been sure that we like the use of 3D in films. Sometimes it's really good like Avatar proved to us all sometimes it's absolutely pointless as seen in The Amazing Spiderman.
But The Hobbit not only uses 3D but some super fancy thing called High Frame Rate. By filming at 48 frames a second, instead of the traditional 24, the film has a much higher definition and smoother "movement" effect.
Some people already hate it and say it looks too much like TV but we quite liked it. We think more films should give it a try.
As expected the effects are phenomenal but it's the acting that helps the bring this film together. Martin Freeman is a brilliant Bilbo Baggins and it's like a fun game of spot the actor when we get introduced to the all the different dwarfs.
Cate Blanchett is every inch the elfin queen as she return to her role as Galadriel and Ian McKellen is still the best Gandalf anyone could ever have dreamed off.
It's so long. We know we can't complain after how long each of the LOTR flicks were but The Hobbit is a smaller book and we really don't think everything has to stretched out into a trilogy. We'll still see the next two but we won't be happy about the length and the torture our bladders will have to go through.
Verdict: A must see for any fan of the Lord Of The Rings and it's still a bearable watch if you're dragged to the cinema to watch it against your will.
P.S. Gollum never fails to entertain!
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