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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (3D version) (12A) (3hours 15mins)

Reviewed by Dan Spracklen

Rated: 4 Stars


The-Hobbit-PosterFirstly, i’d like to say a little Hello – i’m Dan, a new member of staff at the Plaza Cinema. I’ve been a keen film fan and cinema goer for about 4 years now, and tend to watch a good few films a week! I’ll be bringing you reviews on some of the latest movies which I hope will make for an interesting read, so sit back, relax, and enjoy my review of the latest blockbuster to hit our screens here at the Plaza – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I must confess, i’ve never seen any of the Lord of the Rings films. Shocking, I know – i’ve been told many a time to see them, but just haven’t yet got round to it! Generally, i’m not a huge fan of epic films set in fantasy lands, so I entered the nicely packed screen a little sceptical. A little while later it was time to put on our 3D specs, and after a few trailers of upcoming 3D films, including Life of Pi, (which starts on Thursday 20th December), we were plunged into the world of Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit. Some may question the casting of Martin Freeman as Bilbo, but I personally found him perfect for the role – never too serious but not a complete joke either, which I believe is much like the general atmosphere of the film. It’s quite lighthearted in places, with a few moments where the entire audience was chuckling, yet it is done in a very clever way so that it keeps the film in context.

I did question why they’ve decided to make 3 films out of just one book, with this first film covering the first 6 out of 19 chapters, or indeed how they’ve managed to stretch 6 chapters into a film which has a runtime of exactly 169 minutes on it’s own (without adverts). I was pleased to find that it is not an incredibly slow moving film, and is filled with a good amount of action and humour to keep the pace going. So clearly, the answer to how they’ve managed it must be: magic. From my opinion, the use of 3D was good, but I felt they could’ve done a little more, as I think despite the fact that poking swords etc out into the audience can be seen as cheesy and old-school, if done in the right way it can be quite effective and really add to the 3D experience. I also think that pehobbit-100014565-largeople who choose to see this in 3D would expect to see quite alot flying out towards you, however I can say that whilst the 3D looks really good, they mostly stick to the “drawing in” method, where they use the 3D more for depth, than for poking things at you. I personally think a combination of the two works best, but not many films i’ve seen in 3D have done this. So if you’re debating whether to go for the 2D or 3D version, i’d go for the 2D if you were wanting for things to be thrown at you alot, but if you’d like some extra depth to the picture then maybe 3D is the way to go. Alternatively, you could see both versions! (although perhaps not on the same day..). Whilst we’re on the subject, remember that 3D is now at 2D prices at the Plaza, so no extra charge for 3D!

I don’t like to talk about the story too much in my reviews, in case I end up giving too many spoilers, so i’ll put a brief synopsis from imdb.com at the end of each review, in case you don’t know what the film is about. I hope you’ve found this review helpful and fun to read, in the meantime, Merry Christmas to you all!

Synopsis from imdb.com: “A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a “unexpected journey” to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.”

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