The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is currently showing at cinemas, and I would recommend it – even if only to see what HFR is like. Personally, I think it’s a significant improvement in the viewing experience – perhaps even more so than 3D. In HFR, the Hobbit looks more like it is really happening in front of you, with people and objects looking more like they do in real life. The downside of this is that, if you’re looking for it, you can see the artificialness of the sets and props much more easily – I didn’t find this a distraction, however, as I spent the majority of the film just watching and enjoying it rather than in a critic’s frame of mind. Overall, the film obviously has significant similarities with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, though sufficient differences to perhaps make it more interesting to those who are reluctant to watch it. For example, as the main characters in the film generally stay together, more can actually happen in the film as many different groups don’t have to be followed at once. Also, being one book spread out over three films, there’s more time for comedy. Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage both handle their leading roles in the film well – the latter previously starred in things such as the BBC’s recent Robin Hood TV series, some of the soundtrack of which was previously featured on this blog. Predictably, the soundtrack of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is good too. It was written, like the soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings, by Howard Shore. Below I leave you with some of my favourite parts.

The Adventure Begins – Howard Shore – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Over Hill – Howard Shore – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Song of the Lonely Mountain – Howard Shore and Neil Finn – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2 thoughts on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey…

  1. I was rather disappointed with the cinematography. HFR=good, 3D=good, 4k=good, but way too many 3D gimmicks (objects flying towards the viewer and other things that make 3D sickening).

    Wide pan shots are cool, and esp. in the Shire work really well in 3D/HFR/4K, then Mr Jackson spoils it all by putting a tree branch too close!

    Some great running shots of Dwarfs running in caves, monsters in chase, SPOILT by arrows needlessly being fired at the audience!

    The technology is good, and I would love to see more of it, just stop pretending we’re in the 1950s.

    • I think I’ve been desensitised to the gimmicks – I don’t notice them unless a point is made of them (e.g. in Pirates 4, Blackbeard pointing his sword out of the screen and Angelica’s sword coming through a door towards the audience). I agree about the wide shots – they look amazing if you ignore foreground branches! Personally I was much more bothered by the cinematography in Les Mis√©rables, where I think they overused close-ups to make sure they emotionally engaged the audience. I think they were afraid to stray too far from the stage production, which is less able to realistically convey locales and scale.

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