Detail is nothing short of extraordinary too. Violence: Lots of fantasy action violence: The prologue features lots of battle footage, and many subsequent fighting scenes involve swords stabbing and penetrating goblins and orcs. It's overwhelming, but it's a devoted fan's dream to get an intimate look at the production of the film. Radagast's involvement is pointless and his bunny sled is ridiculous. The only significant moment is that we see Bilbo and Elrond begin their lifelong friendship as they talk on a balcony in Rivendell. The colors are lush and balanced and the sheer amount of detail visible in every frame is intense and crisp.
Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. They suddenly stop and, in the distance, we see all of the dwarves, butt naked, swimming in a sacred elvish fountain. Further to this point, smaller problems exist such as Bilbo never handling a sword to suddenly taking on killer beasts like he has been to He-Man training school. So, I am sat here mightily annoyed that once again graphics and self indulgent, completely pointless action scenes have trumped good storytelling and pacing. Yet those like myself who enjoy wandering down the film's ever-winding roads, embrace its portly mid-section and love losing themselves in Jackson and co-writers Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro's dense, sprawling adaptation have become fierce apologists; excusing the film's shortcomings to relish the magic and wonder of the tale. Where does that leave us? From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes one of the most exciting adventures in motion picture history, adapted from the enduringly beloved novel, The Hobbit, by J. It just smacks of lazy cliche writing.
If you loved the earlier films, these are moments you will hold on to, but they're very few, and they're not enough. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, this new cut includes 13 minutes of extra film footage that extends individual scenes, making this the must-see, definitive version for fans. They show an extensive evolution of his design, and how they ultimately finished him as a fully digital character in post production because they couldn't agree on a single design before filming. It was touching to see the love and respect the filmmakers had for their Hobbit family. Hopefully improvements will be made in the sequels but after witnessing this my hopes aren't too high. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.
Those films had to cut the story to a minimum to make it fit in the allotted theatrical time, making the new material a case of appreciated breathing room rather than egregious padding. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. We also get to see Saruman and Galadriel in a boring scene that has absolutely no relevance to the main narrative. I blame the film for this because the scenes involved in the exposition were way too see-through. Overall, these two bonus discs present some incredible and largely intriguing bonus footage for Hobbit fans to enjoy.
Drawing from the original book, Tolkien's Appendices and co-writers Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro's ever-evolving screenplay, Jackson's Unexpected Journey presents Bilbo as an adventurer-in-the-making in a coming-of-late-age tale, dwarf prince-turned-king Thorin Oakenshield Richard Armitage as a fallen hero, the unruly dwarves as nomads longing for a rightful place to lay their heads rather than mere treasure , their quest a more honorable journey, and Gandalf's frequent absences a means to a far greater end: a response to the rise of a sinister Necromancer Benedict Cumberbatch in the stronghold of Dul Guldur. But the White Council just talks and they never decide to act on anything. Next is an extended version of The White Council where Bilbo overhears Elrond and Gandalf talking and there's some brief mention of The One Ring here at the round table discussion. In this case, at least, the total package exceeds the meager offerings of the new footage alone, raising The Hobbit Extended Edition to the status of a must-buy. Told in flashback with several flashbacks within that flashback , we meet a younger, less impulsive Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman , the once and future ring-bearer played in his old age by Ian Holm.
Tolkien fans that wanted to immerse themselves even further in the cinematic landscape of Middle-earth. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, this new cut includes 13 minutes of extra film footage that extends individual scenes, making this the must-see, definitive version for fans. McKellen is Gandalf the Grey, and makes a number of interesting choices, from his perfectly rounded affection for Bilbo to his slight irritation at the hobbit's hesitance to strike out with the dwarves. Gollum and Bilbo's meeting in the caves was the first scene filmed, and Andy Serkis talks candidly about how surprised he was that Jackson asked him to be Second Unit Director. Also, Bilbo's speech after they've escaped Goblin Town is a very welcome, for rare touching moment. Martin Freeman does fine as Bilbo but his transition from weakling to hero happens a little too quickly and feels unrealistic.
And then we're shown the end credits 3:03. Meanwhile, the dwarves -- among them Dwalin Graham McTavish , Balin Ken Stott , Bofur James Nesbitt , Kili Aidan Turner and Fili Dean O'Gorman , who receive the most screentime -- are being tracked by an old foe: Azog the Defiler Manu Bennett , a vindictive orc chieftan who killed Thorin's grandfather before losing an arm in a battle with the dwarf king himself. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer. Elrond Hugo Weaving , Lord of Rivendell, and Galadriel Cate Blanchett of Lothlorien return, as does Saruman the White Christopher Lee , who isn't so willing to accept the news Gandalf and fellow wizard Radagast the Brown Sylvester McCoy have to share. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever. They discuss getting their proportions right, donning fat suits, prosthetic facial features and arms, and the cast seeing their designs for the first time in January of 2011.
It's a small quibble, but a chat with the dwarves, Freeman and McKellan, or further members of the cast and crew would have been a boon. The camera is flying and whirling so limitlessly that it just doesn't feel like an authentic movie anymore. It has 13 minutes of additional footage added back into the film bringing its total running time up to 182 minutes , as well as multiple documentaries about the making of the film as supplements. The cast and crew then gush over the legendary actor and reflect on how many great stories he has to share about his life. Most damaging are the call backs linking the previous trilogy, setting up what is likely to be an almost completely new story bridge between the two trilogies in the third film due in 2014.