When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is good, it’s really good. Throughout Peter Jackson‘s first film in the Hobbit trilogy, his camera sweeps through an epic battle, and Howard Shore’s score crescendos through the speakers as thirteen dwarves, one wizard and a hobbit fight for their lives. That’s what most audiences are paying to see, and the film provides that on a grand scale, again and again.
“Again and again” is also the film’s biggest issue. On a consistent basis, it’s almost as if Jackson forgets he has two more films to release and is forced to pump the brakes. Tangents pop out of nowhere, dialogue scenes are stretched into infinity, and a familiar structure of capture followed by rousing escape, is consistently repeated. Much of the film feels like it’s purposely attempting to stall the dwarves’ quest from progressing.
What we’re left with is a huge, beautiful piece of entertainment, the lows of which are slightly outweighed by its adrenaline pumping highs. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey works, but feels bloated, derived from the fact that it’s based on a child’s book, only stuffed and stretched beyond the bounds of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s original narrative. Still, its flaws and fun work hand in hand to provide a suitably rousing first act to the Hobbit trilogy. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s the kind of topic that keeps geeks arguing late into the night: Which is more badass, Westeros or Middle-earth? Would Jaime Lannister win in a duel against Aragorn? Are Wargs scarier than direwolves? Could Gimli take on the Mountain?
Sadly, the odds of us ever finding out for certain are slim to none, since there’s unlikely to be a crossover special anytime soon. But as the creator of Game of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire for you book nerds) and a longtime fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin seems as well equipped as anyone to offer some answers. Hit the jump to find out what he had to say.
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Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Just two weeks ago, the idea that Peter Jackson would split The Hobbit into three movies instead of two as originally planned seemed like wild, unfounded speculation. But then Jackson began floating the possibility at Comic-Con, negotiations with Warner Bros. picked up, and now Jackson has confirmed that it’s official: The Hobbit will be a trilogy.
The details are still being hammered out, so there’s a lot that even the folks involved aren’t sure of at this point. However, we do have an inkling of what the title and timetable might be. Jackson is reportedly eyeing a summer 2014 release date for the third movie, though an exact date has not been announced. As for the title, domain registrations suggest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: Riddles in the Dark as potential names. Read more after the jump.
UPDATE: Jackson has taken to Facebook to post his own statement about the decision to split The Hobbit into three films, while the studio has issued a new press release. Read Jackson’s comment after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Much in the way that Lionsgate teased out Hunger Games casting for weeks, steadily releasing small pieces of info over time, Warner Bros. seems to be revealing first looks at the characters from The Hobbit bit by little tiny bit. We’ve already gotten eyefuls of Dori, Nori & Ori, Oin and Gloin, and Fili and Kili. Today comes our first look at the dwarves Bofur, Bombur and Bifur, played by James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter and William Kircher, as they will appear in Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel. Check out the full photo after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy stripped of all its fantasy elements may not sound like a great idea, but that’s only because you haven’t seen the delightful “Broship of the Rings” yet. In her ongoing series, artist Noelle Stevenson reimagines of the iconic Fellowship as an oddball group of modern-day pals embarking on a road trip in their trusty van Shadowfax. While she never explains where they’re headed or why, she does have them encounter all sorts of cool folks and weirdos along the way.
In Stevenson’s interpretation, Legolas becomes a prep school pretty boy, Gimli a truck driver, the Rohirrim a biker gang, Merry and Pippin a couple of hipsters (“What do you mean you’ve never heard of second breakfast?”), and so on. Pretty apt, right? Check out her utterly charming artwork after the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, June 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) are the latest actors to join the cast of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel. Lilly will play a character written just for the films, a “Woodland Elf” named Tauriel, while Humphries will fill the role of the Goblin King. According to Jackson, the addition of Lilly and Humphries “just about rounds out the major casting.” And in case you were wondering, Jackson specifically states that Tauriel will not be making a love connection with fellow elf Legolas. Read Jackson’s full statement after the jump.
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As Peter Jackson gets the band back together, along with a whole bunch of new cast members, to make The Hobbit, much of the discussion has revolved around the question of splitting the story. Each Lord of the Rings film was based on a specific book by J.R.R. Tolkien, but The Hobbit, which is one book, is going to be split into two movies. Will they simply be called Part One and Part Two like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which are going the same route? Not according to The One Ring.net, which thinks they’ve found two possible subtitles for the films: The Hobbit: There and Back Again and The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey. Read more after the break. Read More »
There’s a rumor floating around thanks to Deadline that after Cate Blanchett signed to reprise her role as Elf Queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, another Elf could be next join the fellowship. That’s right. Orlando Bloom might be back to reprise his role as Legolas in a role that would be “more than a cameo.”
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