by Gwen Knechtel
Director Peter Jackson has one again breathed life into Middle Earth - a place where hobbits, dwarves, elves, orcs and dragons dwell.
His latest movie, crafted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular children’s tale, The Hobbit, is filled with colorful characters, superior special effects, creative costumes and marvelous music. For those not familiar with Tolkien’s work - welcome to a whole new world!
From the moment wizard Gandalf the Grey (the stellar Ian McKellen) meets Bilbo the viewer knows the poor staid hobbit will be in for an adventure of a life time.
As a fan of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, it was wonderful to see familiar characters grace the screen. And it was fun to meet new ones. Bilbo’s thirteen dwarf companions each added their own personality. Some spiced up scenes with comic relief while others brought a deep dignity to the quest. All could use a stint with Miss Manners!
Watching the hobbit forge bonds with the group and help them through danger gladdened the heart. The viewer understands Bilbo will return to The Shire changed – someone whose unexpected journey will shape the future of Middle Earth.
I’ve seen this in two formats: IMAX 3-D and traditional 2-D. Both times I enjoyed the action packed flick, though IMAX brought the adventure up close and personal. Whatever way you choose (also in new HFR-3D) buy a ticket and join Bilbo Baggins on his unexpected journey!
Gollum sculpture at Wax Museum in Mexico City. Photographer Vic201401 via Wikimedia Commons 3.0 Unported
Gwen Knechtel is a teacher and resides in western Washington with her husband and family. Now in “late middle age” she celebrates daily, love of family, friends and creativity. Gwen is the author of "In Which Relationships are Key" and "In Which the Best Defense is a Good Offense", two of the stories in New Halem Tales Secrets: 13 Stories from 5 NW Authors. She is currently working on a novel, DORM 1973.