These Words Are Bullets

OK, I felt quite strongly about this film, so the review got away from me a bit, and is quite long. To make it a little more easily digestible, I split it into two halves; the first talking strictly about the film, and the second some thoughts about the HFR presentation. If you’re only interested in one of these things, then it’s easy to skip the other. Enjoy!The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey“All great stories deserve a little embellishment.” So says Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) in the most telling line in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson’s return to the world of JRR Tolkien. It’s a line that clearly outlines Jackson and his co-writers’ intentions, yet it comes off as a veiled apology, as if the film-making team knew that what they have created is going to be problematic for die-hard Middle Earth fans. Sadly, Jackson’s new film doesn’t come close…

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