mardi 11 novembre 2014

From book to screen : The Hobbit trilogy


You all know one of the most famous stories in the world : The Hobbit written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Even if you have never read Tolkien's books, you must know The Lord of the rings trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, based on Tolkien's story. The Hobbit is a prequel of that trilogy and Peter Jackson turned it into three films since 2012. The next one will be release on 17th of December 2014 and will be entitled Battle of the five armies.

But let's talk about the two previous movies. We won't discuss here about the idea of making three films based on only one book, although I have many things to say about it. The Hobbit, an expected journey and The desolation of Smaug. Despite many added scenes, are still good entertaining movies.

The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins from the Shire, who follow a company of dwarves which need a burglar to reclaim The Lonely Mountain, also named Erebor. The dwarves of the Lonely mountain were driven from their home by a red dragon named Smaug. Sixty years later, the grand-son of Thror, Thörin Oakenshield, King under the mountain, has assembled a company of twelves dwarves to reclaim their realms. Thorin, his friends, Bilbo and Gandalf the Grey will have to face terrible dangers and deadly enemies. Will their former allies, Tranduin and the elves going to help them ? You will have the answer by seeing the film or by reading the book !

I've watched the two first films of The Hobbit trilogy, and I have spent a good moment. Even if I don't like the idea to make three films based on a book, these films are a good entertainment. The special effects are very good, especially Smaug interpreted by Benedict Cumberbatch. You know that I love dragons, and Smaug is close to what I imagined.

So, what are you waiting for, go and see these movies !


- The Hobbit An Expected Journey - The Desolation of Smaug
- Directed by Peter Jackson
- Based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Casting :
Ian McKellen
Martin Freeman
Richard Armitage
Benedict Cumberbatch
Evangeline Lilly
Lee Pace
Luke Evans
Ken Stott
James Nesbitt
Cate Blanchett
Orlando Bloom
Ian Holm
Christopher Lee
Hugo Weaving
Elijah Wood
Andy Serkis

1 commentaire:

  1. I fear that the first movie very definitely delimited the "Tolkien purist" within me. :) I lacked the subtleness of the writing and the scenes, the "tale" aspect, without mentionning some characters I'd just prefer to forget for ever if possible. On a more objective level the movie was a bit too burlesque for me, and I felt some scenes as too long (the running in the Goblins' caves, principally), though I have to grant it an active ongoing, and characters who were visibly thought to appear as charismatic - not to my taste unfortunately, but I saw the effort and goal. I haven't watched the second one, needing some time to "recover" :p - I may watch the end of the story when it comes on TV, just out of curiosity.

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