Let me begin by saying that 2 years ago, The Hobbit was just one small children’s book that anyone could read. Now, it’s a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by the one of the greats, Peter Jackson.
Here’s what the trilogy is about. The Hobbit is a prequel to the other trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings. You probably have heard it already (and if you haven’t then you need to get out of that rock you live under). The Hobbit is about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit (hence the title). Gandalf the Gray persuades Bilbo to set out on an adventure with a group of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield. Bilbo’s role was to steal a precious gem called the “Arkenstone” which is a sort of proof of Thorin’s heirship to the Dwarven throne. That simple plot evolved into a very complex story which I would love to explain but for the sake of not having a long post and keeping this spoiler-free, I will save you readers the burden.
The mere fact that they made a trilogy already impresses me. If you take a look at the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, you will know why. The book barely has enough content for even a 2 hour movie. However, it doesn’t mean that each movie of the trilogy was slowly paced. By using The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson and the writers of the movies were able to add more things to the trilogy and even created a new interpretation of The Hobbit. This therefore was a wonderfully done back-story and prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s enough to satisfy any geek (or at least most). In fact, being a fan of the books, I loved how they added elements that were never explained in The Lord of the Rings but were important to understanding the lore, such as the identity of the wizards like Gandalf, Radagast, and Saruman. They even explained about the dwarves which we knew little about from the last trilogy (or the next if you’re talking about the plot timeline).
Of course, that’s not all. The overall quality of the films was great. Sure, there was a lot of talking, but there was also a lot of action to keep your heart beating fast. The visual and audio effects were also great. Let’s not forget to mention about the amazing graphical sharpness used in the films and the fact that they used a shooting and projection frame rate of 48 frames per second, making these the first films with wide releases to do so. Even the musical score was nice with songs like “Song of the Lonely Mountain” by Neil Finn in the first film and “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran in the second.
Overall, The Hobbit was a great experience and while many people criticize Peter Jackson for not working on other film ideas and keeping to the Lord of the Rings world, I don’t blame him. After all, Middle-Earth is an amazing world of fantasy.
By the way, I have a feeling he’s not done yet with The Lord of the Rings. If the team manages to create something out of the Silmarillion then watch out.