Friday, 12 December 2014

Review: The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey (third-pass)

World of Blackout Film Review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (3D) Poster

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (3D / third-pass)
Cert: 12A / 169 mins / Dir. Peter Jackson
WoB Rating: 5/7
First-pass here / second-pass here.

Watching this again on the big screen (for an 8-hour triple-bill, no less), and knowing what's to come in The Desolation Of Smaug, it really hammers home how much this film drags its heels in telling a story. When the intensity's turned up, An Unexpected Journey is highly enjoyable, but there's too much broad humour and padding-out.

That said, I'd forgotten how much fun the first ten minutes of the film are, before things slide to the point where there's a musical number centered around doing the washing-up. And I swear to God that sometimes, Ian McKellen's and Richard Armitage's overacting reaches the point where you'd think Dab and Tench were playing the parts…

Best exchange:

"That's not a thunderstorm, that's three giant stone Megatrons, like from off of The Bible!"

"You're right! And they're smacking the crap out of each other with rocks, which would be a bit like naked men beating each other up with chunks of meat, when you think about it!"

"Yay! Not weird at all!"

Is the trailer representative of the film?
More or less.

Did I laugh, cry, gasp and sigh when I was supposed to?
Well, about half and half to be honest, but the good half makes up for the bad one.

Does it achieve what it sets out to do?
In the grand scheme of things, yes.

Pay at the cinema, Rent on DVD or just wait for it to be on the telly?
You're pretty much stuck with DVD/Blu-Ray now.

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?

Will I watch it again?
I will, but not for some time.

Is there a Wilhelm Scream?
There bloody well IS, yes.

And if I HAD to put a number on it…

And my question for YOU is…
So if The One Ring™ is meant to turn any wearer who's not cleaner-than-clean into some sort of super-intergalactic murdering bastard, how come all Gollum does with it is live at the arse-end of a cave in his pants?
Not exactly taking over the world, is he?

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