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The Hobbit Battle Of Five Armies

Summary: Peter Jackson’s last foray into the world of Middle Earth begins with Lake-town under severe attack after Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) has left the Mountain and is looking for revenge. Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and co can do very little but watch as the attack occurs.

Meanwhile while others group together to rescue Gandalf (Ian McKellan), Bilbo is left stunned as the Mountain has a strange affect on Thorin (Richard Armitage) who seems to be going crazy as he insanely looks for the Heart Of The Mountain. His group grow increasingly worried as various armies march on the mountain to claim it and Thorin continues his search without honouring his debts or even bothering to help those who are trying to defend the Mountain.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, New Zealand

Director: Peter Jackson

Screenwriter: Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, J.R.R. Tolkien (novel)

Cast: Richard Armitage (Thorin), Erin Banks (Lobeila Sackville Baggins), Timothy Bartlett (Master Worrywort), John Bell (Bain), Manu Bennett (Azog), Nick Blake (Percy), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), John Callen (Oin), Billy Connolly (Dain), Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Necromancer (voice)), Luke Evans (Bard), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Stephen Fry (Master Of Laketown), Ryan Gage (Alfrid), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), Miranda Harcourt (Olga), Ian Holm (Old Bilbo), Brian Hotter (Otho Sackville Baggins), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Kelly Kilgour (Soury), William Kircher (Bifur), Martin Kwok (Ragash (voice)), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Simon London (Feren), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast), Ian McKellan (Gandalf), Thomasin McKenzie (Astrid), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Mark Mitchinson (Braga), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Mary Nesbitt (Tilda), Peggy Nesbitt (Sigrid), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Lee Pace (Thrandiul), Sarah Peirse (Hilda Bianca), Mikael Persbrandt (Beorn), Allan Smith (Ragash), Merv Smith (Tosser Grub), Conan Stevens (Keep Of The Dungeons), Ken Stott (Balin), John Tui (Bolg), Aidan Turner (Kili), Hugo Weaving (Elrond)

Runtime: 145 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Adam RossYou can check out Adam’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #111.

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Greg KingYou can check out Greg’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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Nick GardenerYou can check out Nick’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #111.

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David Griffiths:

Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth six-peat is understandably a life-long ambition that he wanted to achieve. Outside of George Lucas and Star Wars it is arguable that no director in the history of cinema has ever shown so much dedication to a series of films. And let’s be honest while The Lord Of The Rings trilogy were a real feat in filmmaking The Hobbit series has rarely reached the same amazing peaks. The first film while serviceable at times seemed more like a documentary on a walking tours of New Zealand than it did as a huge mythical epic, while it was also plagued by the new technology Jackson brought to the film which had some cinema goers feeling like they were watching the film in fast forward.

What gave us hope that Jackson would be back to his best with The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies was its predecessor, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Smaug was what everybody was expecting from this series, Jackson back to being able mix good characterisation with some very creative action, but sadly it seems that film is going to be the high mark of the series because Five Armies seems to be completely hit or miss.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies is going to be a film that will be enjoyed if you like epic battles, but if you’re a serious movie buff there will still be things that seriously irk you about the film. The battle itself is lengthy but to be honest the directors of Game Of Thrones seem to have spoilt us so much over the past couple of seasons that even some of the action here seems to be a little disappointing on the big screen.

There are several moments during which the audience will be left completely scratching their heads. For example the scene in which Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Saruman (Christopher Lee) and Elrond (Hugo Weaving) sweep in to save Gandalf not only contains some shockingly bad special effects that look like they may have been lifted from a 1980s straight-to-video nasty but also leaves you wondering that with the power of Elrond on show for all to see why he doesn’t then and go and help out with the battle?

Then to be honest there are some incredibly amazing moments in the film as well. Some of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Thorin’s fight scenes with Orcs on the ice-cap mountain do look extremely good, despite the fact that at times such as Legolas’ rock-jumping sequence the audience is left having to suspend their believability of what it is happening. Then Jackson also creates some very touching moments between characters that tug on the audience’s heart strings in a way that an epic action film like this shouldn’t be able to. The up-and-down nature of The Hobbit series seems to battle itself to no end in this finale of the franchise.

With such a huge ensemble cast gathering together for this final film, it’s understandable that some actors don’t get the screen they deserve. As previously mentioned actors like Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett have their skills completely underused while Billy Connolly seems to only turn up for the comedic effect of playing Dain. The big winners out of The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies are Orlando Bloom, who on the back of his performance in Smaug should have done enough to remind Hollywood producers that he is always a pretty decent actor in big blockbusters, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage. Freeman has become a really easy actor to warm to throughout the series while Armitage who was mainly a television actor before this series of films has really revealed himself to be a seriously good character actor who should have a huge career ahead of him.

It is sad that Jackson’s Middle Earth saga has come to a close, it is even sadder that it has had to happen with such a mediocre film, especially when you take into consideration the lofty heights set by The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. That may well be something that comes to haunt Jackson’s career from here on in as it is just too easy to compare anything he makes now back to a series that really changed the cinema landscape. The best hope that The Battle Of Five Armies has is that it is like Unexpected Journey and begins to grow on you the more times that you watch it.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Army reviews: For our full The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #111. You can also read our review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Star Wars

We take a look at what where the most popular movies and television shows on the Web over the past week.

 

  1. Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015): Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014): Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  3. Interstellar (2014): Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  4. The Walking Dead (2010): Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014): Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  6. Terminator Genisys (2015): Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarznegger, Aaron V. Williamson
  7. The Maze Runner (2014): Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
  8. Exodus: Gods & Kings (2014): Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver
  9. Songs Of Anarchy (2008): Charlie Hunnam, Mark Boone Junior, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates
  10. Horrible Bosses 2 (2014): Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston
  11. Fury (2014): Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena
  12. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014): Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
  13. Arrow (2012): Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  14. American Horror Story (2011): Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  15. Spectre (2015): Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  16. Predistination (2014): Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeline West
  17. Game Of Thrones (2011): Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
  18. Peter Pan Live! (2014): Allison Williams, Christian Borle, Keli O’Hara, Taylor Loudman
  19. The Flash (2014): Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  20. Nightcrawler (2014): Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
  21. Jurassic World (2015): Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  22. Homeland (2011): Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin
  23. Penguins Of Madagascar (2014): Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon
  24. Once Upon A Time (2011): Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  25. Big Hero 6 (2014): Ryan Potter, Scot Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller

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Let’s take a look at what were the most popular movies and television shows on the internet next week.

  1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014): Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  2. Interstellar (2014): Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  3. Jurassic World (2015): Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard
  4. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015): Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  5. The Walking Dead (2010): Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  6. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014): Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
  7. Pan (2015): Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Jimmy Vee, Rooney Mara
  8. Horrible Bosses 2 (2014): Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Anniston
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  10. American Horror Story (2011): Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  11. Big Hero 6 (2014): Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
  12. Arrow (2012): Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  13. The Maze Runner (2014): Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
  14. Sons Of Anarchy (2008): Charlie Hunnam, Mark Boone Junior, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates
  15. The Theory Of Everything (2014): Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry
  16. Games Of Thrones (2011): Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
  17. Fury (2014): Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena
  18. Predestination (2014): Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West
  19. The Hobbitt: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014): Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  20. The Flash: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  21. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013): Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  22. Gotham (2014): Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  23. Gone Girl (2014): Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
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  2. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
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  5. Fury (2014) – Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena
  6. Nightcrawler (2014) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
  7. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  8. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  9. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  10. Big Hero 6 (2014)- Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
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  12. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  13. Sons Of Anarchy (2008) – Katey Segal, Charlie Hunnam, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates
  14. Gotham (2014) – Cory Michael Smith, Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
  15. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Grant Gustin, Rick Cosnett
  16. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  17. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
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The World's End

Summary: In The World’s End, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st August, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Edgar Wright

Screenwriter: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Cast: Zachary Bailess (Young Andy Knightley), David Bradley (Basil), Pierce Brosnan (Guy Shephard), Paddy Considine (Steven Prince), Martin Freeman (Oliver), Nick Frost (Andrew Knightley), Thomas Law (Young Gary King), Jasper Levine (Young Steven Prince), Eddie Marsan (Peter), Bill Nighy (The Network (voice)), Simon Pegg (Gary King), Rosamund Pike (Sam)

Runtime: 108 mins

Classification:MA15+

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘THE WORLD’S END’’:

David Griffiths:  Stars(2)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘The World’s End’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Way Way Back’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Nick Gardener: Stars(2)

Please check Nicks’s review of ‘The Way Way Back’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating:  The World's End (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Way Way Back′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #43 for more reviews of ‘The Way Way Back’.

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The World's End

A new featurette has just been released for the forthcoming ‘The World’s End’

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

Cast:
Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Pierce Brosnan, Eddie Marsan, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine

Director:
Edgar Wright

The World's End

Get ready for a comedy invasion! Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Director Edgar Wright will be in Australia this July to celebrate the release of their eagerly-awaited new film THE WORLD’S END – the final chapter in the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy, which includes 2004’s breakout hit SHAUN OF THE DEAD and 2007’s cop-comedy HOT FUZZ.

 Fans will have the opportunity to see the trio when they walk the red carpet at the film’s Australian Premiere on Tuesday July 16 at Melbourne Central. Pegg, Frost and Wright will then visit Sydney on Wednesday July 17.

 THE WORLD’S END centres on five childhood friends who reunite after 20 years in an attempt to complete an epic pub crawl and reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. But finishing the pub crawl becomes the least of their worries when they realise the real struggle is for survival, not just theirs but mankind’s. THE WORLD’S END also stars THE HOBBIT’s Martin Freeman and JACK REACHER’s leading lady Rosamund Pike.

The Hobbit

Summary: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.

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. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. 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… Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities…

A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA/New Zealand

Director: Peter Jackson

Screenwriter: Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh

Cast: Richard Armitage (Thorin), Timothy Bartlett (Master Worrywort), Manu Bennett (Azog), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Jed Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), John Callen (Oin), Benedict Cumberbatch (Necromancer), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Mark Hadlow (Dori/Bert Troll), Peter Hambleton (Gloin/William Troll), Ian Holm (OLd Bilbo), Barry Humphries (Great Goblin), Stephan Hunter (Bombur), William Kircher (Bifur/Tom Troll), Christopher Lee (Saruman), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Bret McKenzie (Lindir), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Michael Mizrahi (Thrain), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Lee Pace (Thranduil), John Rawls (Yazneg), Thomas Robins (Young Thrain), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Conan Stevens (Bolg), Ken Stott (Balin), Jeffrey Thomas (Thror), Aidan Turner (Kili), Stephen Ure (Fumbal/Grinnah), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Elijah Wood (Frodo)

Runtime: 169 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Review: 

While ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, it also has the potential of becoming one of the most frustrating films of the year. Many audience members will find themselves being blown away as director, Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones, King Kong) once again takes them on a journey into Tolkien’s Middle Earth world but sadly the film is also let down by the fact that Jackson has experimented with a new of film-making.

Closely following the original novel ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ begins with Old Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) writing down more of his adventures for Frodo (Elijah Wood – TV’S Wilifred & TRON: Uprising). This time around he tells a story that occurred sixty years before the events of the original ‘Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy.

This new adventure sees young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman – Animals, Pirates! The Band Of Misfits) selected by Gandalf (Ian McKellen – Miss In Her Teens, TV’S Doctor ho) to take up the part of ‘burglar’ in a group led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage – Captain America: The First Avenger, TV’S Strike Back) that has the mission to returning to a once grand Kingdom (now known as the Lonely Mountain) that belonged to the Dwarves and then to defeat a Smaug the Dragon that took control of it and the gold that it contains.

But when they begin their journey they soon realise that there is a dark rising in Middle Earth. While this means the group is constantly under threat by a group of Orcs led by the war-chief Azog (Manu Bennett – TV’S Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms & Spartacus: Blood And Sand), a meeting with a wizard known as Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy – The Academy: Special, Eldorado) also reveals that a new evil has emerged, an evil known as the Necromancer (Benedict Cumberbatch – Wreckers, War Horse).

And while not giving away any spoilers the journey also sees the group meet up with old favourites including Elrond (Hugo Weaving – Cloud Atlas, Happy Feet Two), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett – Hanna, The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg), Saruman (Christopher Lee – Dark Shadows, The Hunting Of The Snark) and Gollum (Andy Serkis – Arthur Christmas, The Adventures Of Tintin) while also introducing new characters including the Jabba The Hut like Great Goblin (voiced by Barry Humphries – Kath & Kimderella, Mary And Max).

To the credit of Peter Jackson and the team of screenwriters (which included Guillermo del Toro) that helped put together ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ the film’s story carries quite well. Yes there are some slow moments before the journey actually begins but they are necessary to set up the characterisation of those going on the adventure. Others may find the singing parts (especially the stacking of the cutlery) a little too Disney, but others will also see this as an important part of bring Tolkien’s world to life.

The story does provide a great deal of suspense as various members of the small troop have their lives put at risk on a number of occasions although if you are thinking about seeing the film in the 48FPS format you should probably reconsider. At times the picture is too crisp to be believable and this format of showing the film leads to an annoying optical illusion that at times makes it feel like it is being played in fast-forward. The format does although enhance some of the battle scenes and it is almost virtually impossible to tell what is CGI and what is real but then at other times ruins the film by clearly showing that some of the backdrops have been made from cardboard or polystyrene while the rabbit sleigh sequence looks so bad you could be excused for believing that you are watching a badly made 1980s music video clip.

If you want to see ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ looking at its absolute best go and see it in 2D or in standard 3D form because the 48FPS will only ruin an otherwise brilliant film for you.

When it comes to the casting Peter Jackson has hit the nail right on the head. Martin Freeman is likable as the younger Bilbo Baggins but to be honest you never feel as close to his character as you did with Frodo in ‘The Lord Of The Rings’, but the real star here is Richard Armitage who brilliantly portrays Thorin, so well in fact it is a truly memorable performance.

If you choose to see ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in the right kind of format you are in for a truly magical experience, but be warned if you see it in the 48FPS format you may be in for a disappointing time.

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Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating:The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) on IMDb