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EPIC REVIEW: Black Panther

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another review and today I’m finally talking about a film I’ve been waiting to watch for almost 2 YEARS! I am of course talking about Black Panther. Since watching Captain America: Civil War in the cinema, I have been ready for this film and the wait has been AGONISING, but luckily time passed along quickly and I finally got to see the film last night. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.”

I enjoyed the story quite a lot, and while a lot happens in several locations and at certain points, the stakes have potential global ramifications, they felt suitably scaled and revolved the key characters in the right way. Since Phase Two, the MCU has changed its approach to tone, genre and story elements and this film has had the most significant change in terms of tone, character-driven nature and culture. The story dealt with family issues, revenge, power and control, secrets and lies, and the trials and tribulations that come with being a king, and all of these issues and others were handled with care and attention and I also appreciated the film’s commentary black history and current topics as it was relevant yet not overbearing. But what I really loved was how much of a character-driven drama this film was, everything that happened had a purpose and affected the main characters as the story progressed, so when the drama and emotional moments kicked in, it had SO much impact. And I also believe this is one of the most intense superhero films I’ve seen in a while, because of the story and the way it affected the characters, after the film ended I felt like I needed to take some time just to breathe and process what I just watched as I was emotionally gripped the whole way through. Oh and one more thing, even though I only have a minor amount of knowledge when it comes to the Black Panther source material, I was surprised and delighted with the way the source material was adapted into live-action.

As for the characters I really loved everyone in this film as they all had a role to play that fit into the overall narrative, they were all useful, memorable and fun. Firstly Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther killed it, he was already a great character in Civil War, but in this film were got to see more of his personality, more his strengths and weaknesses and see trying to accept his new responsibilities as a king and Black Panther. Boseman was likeable, funny, powerful and badass. And then there’s Michael B. Jordan as Eric Killmonger… Damn, this dude was awesome, Killmonger has an interesting backstory with solid villainous motivations and you can understand and to some degree agree with some of the stuff that he says and all of those elements definitely put him in the better MCU villain category for sure. And Jordan was excellent in this role, the guy oozes charisma and coolness, has a great screen presence and can be scary as hell at times. Danai Gurira as Okoye was frigging badass, absolutely awesome. When Gurira signed on to this film I knew the people at Marvel were gonna make good use of her combat skills from The Walking Dead, but my god she got so many scene-stealing moments not only on the battlefield but also off of it while interacting with T-Challa and other key characters. Okoye was a no-nonsense and proud warrior and I loved what Gurira brought to this role. Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia was quite good, at first I wondered how’d she’d factor into the film, but I really enjoyed her character, she had a great rapport with the other main characters and I liked what she brought to the story.

Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross got involved in the story far more than I expected, and I loved it. We only got a little bit of his character in Civil War, but in this film we learnt more about him as a person, he had some great interaction with several of the main characters and Freeman was delightful in the role. Letitia Wright as Shuri was quite good, at first I thought her attitude and cocky nature would annoy me, but she ended up being one of my favourite characters because of her smarts but also because of how she was integrated into the main story beats. Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi was really good, this character has a rough backstory and seeing his character progress through the film was interesting to watch. Winston Duke as M’Baku was really good with a powerful and intimidating screen presence, Angela Bassett as Ramonda was great as always, adding that dramatic flair that only Bassett can, Forest Whitaker as Zuri was really good, he had some great moments with T’Challa and I enjoyed learning about the significance of his character, and Sterling K. Brown was solid as N’Jobu too. And finally, there’s Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, man I loved this dude! Serkis left a good impression in Age of Ultron, but here we got to see more of the character’s unhinged, tactical and funny nature, he’s a bit of a nutter, but is whenever he’s on-screen it is a good time.

When it comes to the presentation it was great. Visually the film looked great, the filmmakers did a great job at not only bringing the world of Wakanda to life but also presenting a great mixture of futuristic and old school/tradition African material whether it be through the technology, costumes, city landscape, etc. The use of CGI was also solid, though at times wasn’t as solid, and the cool action scenes were really good, there was a lot of creativity, style and power that came with some of these scenes whether you were talking about car chases or fight scenes, it was all handled so well. And just to elaborate on those fight scenes, I loved how the combat scenes shot with a lot of long shots and not too unnecessary cuts, the fights had the right amount of realism, acrobatics and dramatic weight because of what was at stake, and T-Challa’s bodyguards, the Dora Milaje was frigging awesome, these female warriors kicked ass! Also the soundtrack was awesome, the use of certain music was nice and Ludwig Göransson’s film score has a varied sound that incorporates African instrumentation and vocals, a traditional orchestrated sound and a hip-hop kind of style, sometimes these sounds mix and on paper it feels like it shouldn’t work, but in the film these different styles work well together and separately.

In conclusion, Black Panther was everything I wanted it to be and then some, it was thrilling, dramatic, intense and fun. Everyone involved should be proud of the film they’ve created as this is the Black Panther film the character deserved, and while it doesn’t change the superhero game, it was a wonderfully unique experience that I think everyone should check out. 🙂

So have you seen Black Panther and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK THOUGHTS: Black Panther Teaser Trailer

Howdy ladies and gents, how are you? So this morning I woke up to the new teaser trailer for Black Panther and I’ve been giddy ever since! I knew the trailer was gonna drop after I read about it when the first poster was revealed but I wasn’t gonna stay up all night for it, so when I woke up and saw some people had reviewed online I knew I had to check it out. So let’s talk about that teaser!

Check out the trailer below:

So my initial impressions were this, “This is pretty damn cool.” Last year Chadwick Boseman’s performance as T’Challa/Black Panther really stood out in Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther ended up being my favourite character because of his story arc, unique skill set, lineage and badass costume, and now that we’ve got a new trailer that only enhances the character and the world he’s a part of.

What I liked about this teaser was the following things:

  1. The tone: Even though the teaser was less than two minutes it was plenty to demonstrate that this film’s story would have a more personal and mature atmosphere than what we’ve seen from Marvel Studios.
  2. The visuals: I like the use of colour and sense of scale when it comes to various locations of Wakanda, I also like the way there is a nice a balance between traditional and futuristic elements that applies to the environment and the citizens.
  3. Cool action: The brief scenes we get of Black Panther kicking ass in the jungle or seeing Killmonger and T’Challa squaring off or some of these other fight scenes, I like the practicality of it and it looks like fun.
  4. The cast: Starting this trailer off with Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman aka Ulysses Klaue and Everett Ross from Age of Ultron and Civil War was not only a cool reminder for fans but it also was fun as the both acted together in the first Hobbit film. In addition to that we got to see more of not only Chadwick Boseman again, but cool glimpses of Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett among others.
  5. The direction: One thing that stood out to me was the style of trailer and the way the characters were handled and it felt like a Ryan Coogler film. Coogler has a notable style with his directing and while watching this trailer I could feel his presence all over this film like Creed and Fruitvale Station beforehand. Only a handful of MCU films have a unique sense of style brought on by their directors as a lot of them just fall into the same style, only Kenneth Branagh, Shane Black, The Russo Brothers and James Gunn have been able to leave a unique mark on the MCU through Thor, Iron Man 3, Captain America: Winter Soldier & Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2.

In conclusion the teaser trailer for Black Panther was awesome, I was very happy with what I saw it delivered everything I wanted and then some, the tone, visuals and cast looks very unique and different to what we’ve seen from the MCU so far and that is exactly what this property and genre needs. February can’t come quicker! #BlackPantherSoLit 😛 😀

So have you seen Black Panther trailer and if so what did you think of it? Are you hyped, curious or underwhelmed? Let me know in comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2017 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

Howdy people, time for an important film review in the form of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. It has been a long journey to the end of the Hobbit trilogy, the first film I liked a lot and the second film I liked a fair amount too, and now we have the final film in the series. I think that my interest in this film and the series has waned a fair amount since last year and I’m not sure why, but whatever it was, it wasn’t going to stop me from seeing this film. So how does The Battle of the Five Armies fare? Read on and find out.

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The storyline in nutshell goes like this:

“Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.”

The story in this film was serviceable. It done the job of tieing up all the loose ends from the previous films and leading us into the Lord of the Rings films. The film has a strong start continuing off from the last film, but then gets kind of boring with all the standing and talking, the pace felt very slow at times and my interest was dropping until the action picked up. My favourite moments of the film involved stories relating to Bilbo, Thorin and Gandalf, everyone else was either decent or uninteresting. There were times where it felt like there were too many things going on, with separate sets of characters in different locations, dealing with individual issues, just hopping forward and back continuously was kind of annoying, I just wanted to stay in one scene for longer than five minutes. I also can’t help but feel a sense of dissatisfaction for the way that this film turned out, the way Smaug was handled was very anti-climatic and disappointing, some of the ties to Lord of the Rings felt a bit too on the nose and forced and none of the epic moments in the film felt that breath-taking.

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The cast do a good job, but some definitely stand out more so than others. Martin Freeman continues to be one of the strongest elements of this trilogy of films as Bilbo Baggins. His performance is fabulous as it is humourous, confident and engaging and I think it is the small moments where he does things subtly with his face that makes the most amount of difference. Richard Armitage is great as Thorin Oakenshield, in this film Thorin deals with psychological demons that really changes his persona, makes me paranoid, aggressive and distant from all of his comrades and Armitage does such a great job with his material. Sir Ian McKellen, once again brings his A game as Gandalf the Grey, McKellen is one of those actors who just makes me happy to be watching an actor at work, the man is all-powerful and has a screen presence that not many other people do. Whether he is delivering monologues or chilling smoking his pipe, the is all-round awesomeness. Also thanks to additional screen time Graham McTavish was even better as Dwalin and Aidan Turner does a good job Kíli. I missed James Nesbitt as Bofur, he deserved more screen time.

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Orlando Bloom is once again good as Legolas, not as amazing as he was in the last film, but the guy still had some awesome moments and it seems like Bloom was having fun being a badass in this film. Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel was good, she had some cool action scenes and acted well, but I didn’t care for character as much as before. Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman was good, while his character is one of the people I cared for least, as a leader and one of the more vocal people in the battle for the Lonely Mountain he was pretty good. Lee Pace I liked more in this film as Thranduil and Pace was put to better use here than he was in Guardians of the Galaxy to a degree. I also enjoyed seeing Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Christopher Lee as Saruman the White. Oh and quick shout out to Billy Connolly as DĂĄin, he was cool.

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When it comes to the presentation, it is impressive, however, it isn’t perfect by any means. The cinematography is nice and the action sequences are vast, vivid, detailed and visually beautiful, especially with the use of CGI on Smaug and the large masses of combatants on the battlefield. That being said, the way some of these camera movements are done didn’t feel necessary and the overuse of CGI made it easy to notice the difference scenes and the not so detailed scenes. At times the CGI made the film feel very artificial and felt no different from watching a super impressive pre-rendered cut scene in a video game. The score from Howard Shore is good and covers all emotional basis with new material and ties to Lord of the Rings too, that being said there is nothing that stands out that I will remember from this film.

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In conclusion The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a satisfactory conclusion to this trilogy of films. I can’t deny that I was left a bit disappointed by this film, the story was good, the performances were great and the action was awesome, but none of it wowed me or felt new. If you loved the last Hobbit films then you’ll love this one, but for everyone else this film is a good ending, but not one that is amazing.

Rating: 7/10 (a decent finish to a decent trilogy)

So what did you think of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? Was it better, on-par or worst than the last instalment and what do you think of the Hobbit trilogy in general? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Epic The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

So here we are in December with the second instalment in the Hobbit series of films with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. While I have been waiting for this film for ages, with all the other big films that were also coming out earlier this year I had forgotten about this one for a while. But now considering how lame 2013 has been for films in general, I need a film that’s gonna be truly awesome. So is The Desolation of Smaug the one? Read on and find out.

The storyline in nutshell continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with the wizard Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug.

Unlike the first film where the film felt the need to make obviously tie-ins to the Lord of the Rings films and had a lot of slow pacing issues, this film throws you right into the story and is delivered a lot quicker while still providing moments of humour, action and drama. This feels a lot more like the Middle-Earth adventures that fans knew from before thanks to the much-needed injection of a proper threat, elves and proper foreshadowing. Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves’ adventures gets ever more complicated thanks to the evil that rises in the shadows with villains new and old on show for them to overcome and it is simply fascinating and entertaining to watch. While I still don’t think the story was as powerful as anything LOTR has done and the film only really gets interesting once the elves show up, otherwise the story is a solid improvement.

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The cast in this film is nothing short of fantastic as members new and old deliver some great performances. Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins has certainly grown since the last film, he’s more cunning, confident and courageous, but still has great funny scenes thanks to Freeman’s comedic timing. Sir Ian McKellen is still as awesome as ever as Gandalf the Grey, McKellen’s acting talents know no bounds as he has some really cool scenes and dialogue too. Richard Armitage is still a badass as Thorin Oakenshield, you can see that he is a man still on a mission and will stop at nothing to get his homeland back. Armitage still has an incredible screen presence and offers a lot of varied emotions for Thorin in this film. Also Graham McTavish as Dwalin and Ken Stott as Balin were awesome thanks to some additional screen time, the same can also be said for Aidan Turner as KĂ­li and James Nesbitt as Bofur too.

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So after years of doing nothing of importance, Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas and my god he is BADASS! This is a very different kind of Legolas, he’s much more of brute and he’s not as chilled out as he is in LOTR, but that’s what makes him so cool in this film and it is great to see Bloom in a role that suits him so well. Then there’s Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, I think I’m in love. Tauriel is a beautiful as she is deadly, Lily is great giving us a character who is tough, perceptive, but also a bit of a free spirit too. Luke Evans is another good addition to this world as Bard the Bowman, Evans had a great deal of charisma for his role and was definitely someone not to be messed with and you could understand what the deal was with this character considering his history. Also Lee Pace as Thranduil is a lot better this time because of the additional screen time he gets to show off why he is who he is, he is very calm and yet cruel, uncaring of other but very protective of his kind, Pace was really cool. Even Stephen Fry is good as Master of Lake-town.

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But the main person we need to talk about is Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, MY GOD! I swear everything he touches turns to gold. Cumberbatch basically delivers a gorgeous, charismatic and intense performance which makes you believe that Cumberbatch is truly invincible. Smaug is this beast of a dragon who is such confident, intimidating, scary and badass kind of villain you need in these types of films. The voice alone is enough to send shivers down your spine, but I think in addition to the motion capture Benedict kind, it just adds to the overall performance. Best person in the film by miles!

When it comes to the presentation, one word comes to mind… GORGEOUS! I think you tell that I’m talking about the visuals here haha. Honestly I thought Gravity was the most visually impressive film I’ve ever seen, but The Desolation of Smaug proves once again that fantasy beats reality any day. An Unexpected Journey was already looked incredible, but this film provided some simply stunning material with a great use of action, locations and CGI. And speaking of the CGI, the visual effects used for Smaug are nothing short of AMAZING! Never has there been a dragon portrayed in such a magnificent, grand and scary manner before, the scale, motion-capture and movements looked so astonishing, the film is worth watch just for him alone. I also want to touch upon the fact that I watched this in IMAX 3D in 48 frames and the end result is kind of mixed. While it is definitely an interesting concept, I don’t think the world need this doubled-up frame rate, it looks fin in scene that don’t move that face, but in scenes with a lot of movement, everything moves far too quickly and looks unnatural. Also the soundtrack by Howard Shore is sounds really good with some nice tie-ins to his previous themes in LOTR but also provides some really epic and beautiful new compositions in this film.

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In conclusion The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bloody fine film which improves upon the last film with better pacing, better characters new and old, a more in-depth story, and an incredible dragon that should rock your world. This film is a visual treat and should definitely be seen in IMAX, and while it’s no LOTR, nor did it blow me knock my socks off in the way I wanted it to, The Desolation of Smaug is worth watching, no doubt about it. Again, HAIL CUMBERBATCH! 😀

Rating: 9/10 (Benedict Cumberbatch + Smaug the dragon = Awesomeness)

So what did you think of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Was it better, on-par or worst than the last instalment in your opinion? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The World’s End Review

Howdy people of the interweb! Time for me to review a film I’ve waited AGES to see, The World’s End. This is the latest film from Edgar Wright and the final film in what is now known as the “Cornetto trilogy“. Edgar Wright is man who can do no wrong for me, I’ve loved everything he has done so far, so does Wright along with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do it again in this film? Well read on and find out! 🙂

So the premise for this story is as follows:

“Five childhood friends reunite after twenty years to repeat a legendary pub crawl from their youth (which they originally failed) returning to their hometown once again to attempt to reach the fabled pub “The World’s End”. Over the course of the night, they realize that the town has been taken over by robots and they begin to realise that the real struggle is “not just theirs but humankind’s”, and completing the crawl becomes the least of their worries.”

Looking at the premise this sounded like a really unique idea and the trailer, while making me slightly hesitate about the end result, did however look like a good time. So after seeing the film I can say that I enjoyed the story, though it didn’t turn out anything like I thought it would. At first the film centers on Gary King and his efforts to get his old mates back together, this is the part of the film which while good was a little questionable and varying in interest. It wasn’t until the guys got back to Newton Haven and find all the crazy inhabitants of the town attacking them when story really started to pick up and get interesting. As with all Edgar Wright films there is a lot of humour in verbal and physical forms, some of which is hilarious, some of which not as funny and some of which that isn’t funny because the trailers showed the scenes liked ten times! Outside of the humour there is a lot of heart, character development and genuine emotion in some scenes and it was nice. The film is strange, crude and sometimes incredibly absurd, but if you’re a fan of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s work then you’ll have a good time here.

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As for the characters, the cast do a brilliant job at making each one of these characters relevant, easy to connect to and funny. Let’s start with Simon Pegg as Gary King, I thought Pegg was awesome. Now strangely enough unlike his last two characters in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, his central character isn’t so nice and is kind of in the vein of Ed from Shaun of the Dead in the sense that his character isn’t very nice, has bad mannerisms and can be pretty annoying. Gary however is a lot more likeable due to his charismatic nature, crazy antics and funny dialogue, plus since it’s Simon Pegg I can’t hate him because he’s fun. Also Gary is like the glue that holds this group of people together, without him, none of the stuff in this film would have happened and I gotta give Pegg credit for doing things a little differently. As for Nick Frost as Andrew Knightley he was the character who had a difficult past with Gary which led to the tension between the two of them in this film. Frost plays his part well while his character is kind of lame for the first apart of the film, once the crazy action kicks off with the “people” in Newton Haven that’s when he really shines.

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Paddy Considine as Steven Prince was good and his character has some good dialogue too. Martin Freeman as Oliver Chamberlain was cool, Freeman knows how to do comedy and he has great timing and funny facial expressions. Eddie Marsan was a surprise as Peter Page, I’ve only really seen Marsan in Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes films so this role was a massive departure from what I’ve experienced before. Marasn was great and offered a lot of hilarious moments especially in the area of physical stuff. And Rosamund Pike as Sam Chamberlain was beautiful as always and also provided some wonderful moments of witty dialogue and physical comedy. Also there were some great small appearances from David Bradley and Pierce Brosnan too.

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty hardcore. Visually the film is great, there is a good use of CGI and practical effects and it comes together in a fabulous manner. I also love the choreography of the fight scenes and the way in which all these crazy action sequences were filmed are nothing short of fabulous. As for the music by Steven Price it is pretty cool offering up some nice and epic sounds for the film where is counts.

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In conclusion The World’s End is a good piece of comedy which feels familiar and yet fresh at the same time, and the film has all the wit, charm and over-the-top style that you’ve come to expect from Edgar Wright. While I can’t say that its my favourite film that Wright has made, I can say that it’s a good time at the cinema and very much worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of the previous films.

Rating: 7.5/10 (It’s some good stuff and has more pros than cons!)

So what did you think of The World’s End? Did the film meet your expectations or were you let down due to the hype and anticipation? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see you on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review

Alrighty then here we are! This is the big one! I like many other people around the world have been waiting for this film for the majority of the year. Out of the big three films of 2012 (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and this one), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I think would have been the most anticipated. There’s been so much hype, it’s been building up continuously for months, with all the video blogs, images, trailers and TV spots. It’s been absurd! And it’s all led to this moment in time… So was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey worth the wait? Well read on to find out!

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The film is set sixty years before The Lord of the Rings and the story is about the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who is hired by the wizard Gandalf to accompany thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield on a quest across Middle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. The story of this film was interesting and was definitely a tale worth telling, however it does take a while for the story to get going and initially things do move at a slow pace. Though once the plot finds its feet and picks up the pace it never stops, and then it becomes the kind of film you were waiting to see. It was great to see of the dwarf back story, get Bilbo’s adventure, the introduction of Gollum and see key events that tied into LOTR. And speaking of LOTR, the story of An Unexpected Journey wasn’t nearly as engaging or as impactful as the previous trilogy, but again it was a tale worth telling and I enjoyed it very much.

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The characters of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was one of the strongest elements of the film and we’re going to start with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. Freeman played the role very well embodying all of Ian Holm’s mannerisms while introducing new elements of Bilbo’s personality too. I liked the journey that he went on as a character and to see him grow and change into a much more capable adventurer. Now to move onto my man of the hour Gandalf the Grey played by Sir Ian McKellen. McKellen was just as amazing as ever as Gandalf, his dialogue was great and his interaction with the dwarves was cool, and I liked how he happened to take on this mentor role for Bilbo. Also Gandalf had some proper badass scenes and when he was throwing down in the heat of battle he was SO. DAMN. COOL! And then there was Thorin Oakenshield, the living definition of badass played by Richard Armitage. Thorin had a great back story and the way he acted on and off of the battlefield was nothing short of awesome. Armitage was great and also liked how initially he was cold toward Bilbo and how their relationship would grow over the course of the film. As for the other dwarves they were all wonderful, strange and funny individuals who had a great deal of personality and charm and while they don’t quite compare to the fellowship in Fellowship of the Ring, they were still pretty cool.

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And then there’s the character that’s been causing talked about a lot in this film Radagast the Brown played by Sylvester McCoy. His character in the film is pretty weird and while he seemed relevant to the plot, when he was on-screen he was just weird and sometimes annoying. Now some people have compared him to Jar Jar Binks of the first Star Wars prequel and whether you’ll feel the same about him you have to decide for yourselves, as for me I just thought he was a bit strange. It was also great and nostalgic to see all of the characters from LOTR making appearances here with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood reprising their roles as Galadriel, Elrond, Saruman the White, old Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins. And lastly but by no means least we have Andy Serkis as Gollum. When he came on-screen I was so giddy, Serkis feels like he never left the role and delivered some of Gollum’s best scenes yet, and his interaction with Bilbo with the riddles in the cave was perfect and very funny. I also feel like Gollum was a little more humanized in this film, but still just as strange, aggressive and fucked in the head as he was before and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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When it comes to the presentation this film, Weta Digital already set the standard for CGI and special effects in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, but now in this film they somehow seem to have outdone themselves. Never have I seen such sharp, crisp and beautiful CGI in any film for a long time, this easily rivals anything that Industrial Light & Magic have put out in recent years. It also has to be mentioned that the CGI tech used on Gollum looks so incredible and realistic that you could assume he was really there in the scenes which he was involved in. Also the cinematography and overall look of the film was grand and picture-perfect. All of those amazing camera shots and sweeping camera movements that were made famous in LOTR is back and looks better than ever, along with the vivid colours and gorgeous locations Middle-earth never looked so good. And there’s the soundtrack by Howard Shore, it was lovely, I was worried that the soundtrack wouldn’t hold a candle to the previous film but luckily it was really good. While nowhere near as memorable as LOTR it does have its own themes that stick out and kick ass, the dwarf songs are very lively and catchy and I especially like “Misty Mountains” which I think is used as the main theme through the film in instrumental which was incredible! Shore takes several themes from LOTR and inserts them into this film and they work wonderfully.

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In conclusion The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was totally badass, though not without its faults. After a night to think about it I do believe that I enjoyed The Avengers and The Perks of Being A Wallflower much more than this film (those two films being my number 1 and 2 favourite films of 2012), however do not be disheartened by the reviewers giving this film a low rating. This film was a lot of fun and returning to Middle-earth after nine years really did bring back some nostalgia! The story was interesting, the performances from the actors involved were strong and the presentation in both the visual and audio department were superb. An Unexpected Journey was just pure and simple fun and I can’t wait to see what happens when The Desolation of Smaug comes out next year. BRING IT ON! 😀

Rating: 8.5/10

Well there’s my thoughts on The Hobbit Part 1, what did you think of the film? Drop me your comments below! Anyways I’ll see you lot on the next review.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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