And so it begins again from Friday, a J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation takes the box office by storm. The reviews are in, and they are largely positive for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of a new trilogy by Director Peter Jackson.
As you can see from the picture above there is definitely one familiar face returning to the new trilogy, with Gollum gracing our screens again.
Martin Freeman debuts as a much younger Bilbo Baggins who journeys to the Lonely Mountain, along with a rough and ready group of dwarves; ready to reclaim a treasure stolen by the dragon Smaug.
Just to jog your memory this series is set before the groundbreaking Lord of the Rings trilogy, and will bring the series full swing with Elijah Wood’s Frodo set to cameo throughout this series to help join the dots.
I have recently been re-watching The Two Towers, and hopefully The Return of the King (if I can squeeze it in before Saturday) to get me back in the mood, and they don’t seem to have aged a day with special effects to back up the performances and storyline.
Having said all of this, I will be going into this with a blank slate having not read the book and tried to steer clear of the array of clips now gracing the net.
Hopefully Jackson’s midas touch with this material can continue, well at least for another 3 films……