CINEMA REVIEW: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12A)

The Hobbit
The Hobbit

This is, without a doubt, the most disappointing film of the year. Now take into account when I say disappointing, I do not mean it is bad, writes student reviewer Joe Baxter.

I just feel that considering the hype leading up to it, The Hobbit failed to live up to expectations.

The prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy is directed by the same director – Peter Jackson – who has split the single novel into three parts, making the first installment drag.

While Bilbo Baggin’s (Martin Freeman) journey to help a band of dwarves reclaim their home is nowhere near as intense as Frodo’s tale. I got bored on numerous occasions, and interestingly enough, it occurred due to one set of characters.

The dwarves are central to the plot, yet they take away screen time from Bilbo and I sigh a little, because with them comes a lot of slapstick comedy and long, drawn out action sequences, which fail to impress.

This is an immense shame, because the bits which focus primarily upon Bilbo are absolutely fantastic, which makes the Dwarf segments even more tragic to watch.