An unexpected journey

E. and I had a day out a few days ago.  We went to a couple of local malls to do some Christmas shopping and window shopping.  It was a drizzly Monday with school still in session, so for the Christmas season, things were pretty quiet, just the way we like them.  We did a lot of browsing and a little bit of buying, then stopped for lunch, then went back and did a little more.

Once we were done, we went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of the new three-film Hobbit series.  We love Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films so much it was wonderful to be back in that world.  As always, the art direction and New-Zealand-as-Middle-Earth scenery were almost worth the price of admission in themselves, and Martin Freeman makes for both an excellent Bilbo Baggins in his own right and a great match for Ian Holm as the elderly Bilbo.  The film is more childish than LotR, but it is true to the book in that way, since the Hobbit was a children’s book.  There are also some worrying signs that Peter Jackson is being indulged a little too much in his desire to make everything bigger and crazier.  I really hope that this trilogy does not go the way of the Star Wars prequels in being stuffed full of everything the director thinks is exciting regardless of whether it is good for the movie or not.  Like George Lucas, Peter Jackson seems to be a brilliant director as long as there is someone to occasionally tell him “no.”


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