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Hindustan Times
December 12, 2012
Should you give in to the hype about Peter Jackson’s latest? We present our case

Yes, the film is being shot on 48 frames per second (movies have been shot at 24 FPS since the dawn of cinema). No, the speed won’t make you vomit or have a seizure. The visuals are crisper and more realistic than you’ve ever seen – even the CGI is more convincing.

However, for a movie about short people, it’s pretty long. The Hobbit clocks in at 2:40 minutes. And this prequel to The Lord Of The Rings is just the first part of a trilogy! Only six chapters of Toklein’s 19-chapter book. But on the other hand, it’s 10 minutes shorter than Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings – The Fellowship Of the Ring. And we know your bum fell asleep for that one.

Then again, Fellowship was the first part of a 1,200-page book. The whole of Hobbit is barely 300 pages. If all three Hobbit movies are as long, you can actually read the book in less time! They’re using all that time to painfully depict everything... even smoke rings! Smoke rings! But at least the story is cool. A hairy-footed halfling Bilbo Baggins (and 13 other dwarves, plus good old Gandalf) embarks on a quest to wrest a priceless treasure from a dragon. Bilbo looks familiar? Arrey, he’s Watson on the BBC Sherlock! Speaking of which, his buddy Sherlock (aka the fantastic Benedict Cumberbatch) is in the movie too. He voices the dragon, Smaug. The second Hobbit film is titled The Desolation of Smaug, so more of him later. Meanwhile Benedict is also in the new Star Trek, out soon!

Dwarves have had it bad this year. Both Snow White films were blah. That fellow from Game Of Thrones was getting screwed over too. It’s time for a little hero to shine!Hobbits don’t wear shoes. So don’t expect product placements for Converse or Nike in the Shire. Yay!

From HT Brunch, December 16

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