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The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey *****

The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey, I liked it better than Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson has caught the trick to Tolkien. The bittersweet feeling that I felt when I went to see the first installment of The Lord of the Rings has not happened this afternoon when I went to see The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey. Quite the contrary. In the first film of the Rings only noticed the familiar tone epic, legendary and fantastic novels of Tolkien in the Mines of Moria and step out of the boat by the gigantic statues of the Argonath. The rest I conveyed the breath of the original epic and legendary.

However, in this first film of The Hobbit has happened to me just the opposite. I would say that each of their sequences is a remarkably faithful reflection of Tolkien's novel, and has no rhythm swings in the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings presents. The whole film has the pace and the burden of visual spectacle of the sequences in the mines of Moria from The Fellowship of the Ring. There is a logical explanation for this I liked more than the previous trilogy adaptation of Jackson. First is pure action and adventure. Second has an advantage over the Rings, because the plot of the novel approach The Hobbit is much simpler: it is ultimately the story of a meeting of professionals at what they have to accomplish is a dangerous mission. There are no twists and complexities imposed by Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings. What we have here is the classic version of Middle-earth hero's journey story that would expose Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero masks: Psychoanalysis of myth. Or if you prefer, the Middle Earth version of the classic story of mythical jewels of cinema as The Dirty Dozen, The Guns of Navarone or The Magnificent Seven. Except that here the protagonists are not commands WWII or gunmen of wild west (although there are many key western, both visual and plot, scattered throughout this first installment of the trilogy of The Hobbit), but a company dwarf warriors led by the wizard Gandalf the Grey.

Another advantage this time the emulator Joseph Campbell's hero Bilbo Baggins, Frodo not. Bilbo incorporates some key humor where Frodo was seized with a tragic sense of life. Bilbo goes running an adventure. He is a hero where Frodo was a victim of destiny or fate. Jokes Bilbo and Frodo makes us smile which made us feel sorry. At least in this first installment. These characteristics of the character plays into the film and incidentally make the actor's responsible for giving life to this medium, Martin Freeman, can display their talents with more nuances and richness of freedom to create empathy with the public which had Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings. As a result of the above, we sympathize more with Bilbo to Frodo. And as an example just think of the encounter with Gollum, which is here more sinister than the Rings and also more fun and even makes you laugh at some point. Incidentally, the lighter note, more adventurous, less dense and tragic than the previous visit of Peter Jackson to Middle-earth, a game also allows richer and more nuanced interpretation of Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The plot structure of the novel The Hobbit, as I say the plot allows more focus on the idea of ​​travel and mission of the whole group of dwarves, provides yet another essential difference: the materialization or customization of the enemy group in this plot chase figure Azog, the Pale Orc, riding his fearsome albino Wargo, and which has a clearer antagonist and more footage and prominence of the more dispersed and volatile have in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Sauron himself.

Add to all the above battles with trolls in a spectacular scene that emulates the caves and in my opinion than the confrontation in the Mines of Moria in the first installment of The Lord of the Rings, and the prologue to the attack of Smaug the fortresss of the dwarves, the fight of the giants of rock in the mountains, the persecution of the trolls in the prairies, the arrival of the giant eagles ...

I think Peter Jackson on The Hobbit applies everything he learned and discovered filming the trilogy The Lord of the Rings, and has greatly improved the final proposal. An example: their air planes, both bothered me because me out of the film in the Rings trilogy, here even find a practical use and a purpose and makes the most of them in the chase sequence of the Orcs and the Wargs after the company of dwarves.

The result of all this is pure visual feast, a Christmas movie in every way, the return of fantasy to the big screen in all its glory.

I would say it is among the three best films of this year.

Miguel Juan Payán

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