By David Mayne
With the release of the much-anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey right around the corner, I thought I’d take a small look at the plot of the film and share some screen stills, since there is a LOT of stuff going on and sometimes it’s hard to catch everything, especially given that this new film, which is the first in an all new prequel trilogy to The Lord of The Rings, was shot in 48fps (frames per second) versus the industry standard 24. Shooting at a higher frame rate has caused everything from fanfare to chaos, as most fans welcome the “next-gen” look, while others cry foul, even going so far as to say the new trailer looks “too good“. I tell ya, there’s no pleasing everyone, is there?! Whatever the inevitable naysayers scream about, the picture looks amazing; so fps police….deal with it. Either way, he Hobbit trailer looks fantastic, and with ‘Rings trilogy director Peter Jackson returning to the helm, we can only assume that this new story arc will be, at very least, epic.
Set before the events of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit tells the tale of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities.
Get ready Amigos, the first installment hits theaters December 14th, 2012!
Sources: Cinemablend, Youtube, IMDB