Gandalf’s Back! Let’s Go Slay Dragons!
Avid fans of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy had doubts about Peter Jackson and company recapturing the magic in, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. The Rings, which was launched over a decade ago, picked up numerous awards, leaving J.R.R. Toiken fans with the question: “Would "The Hobbit" measure up?”
Avid fans of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy had doubts about Peter Jackson and company recapturing the magic in, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. The Rings, which was launched over a decade ago, picked up numerous awards, leaving J.R.R. Toiken readers with the question: “Would "The Hobbit" measure up?”
New Zealand director Peter Jackson said they adapted the appendices of Return of the King and had enough material and stayed true to the story.
"So once you start to develop the scenes and plus you wanted to do a little bit more character development, plus the fact that we could also adapt the appendices of Return of the King, which is 100-odd pages of material that sort of takes place around the time of The Hobbit, so we wanted to expand the story of The Hobbit a little bit more, as did Tolkien himself."
It’s Middle-earth 60 years before Frodo, where the story of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman of BBC’s The Office fame. Freeman, 41, is joined by veteran British actor by Sir Ian McKellen reprising his role as Wizard Gandalf in this realistic, humorous and breathless cutting-edge format of 48 frames per second.
But some critics claimed Jackson’s aim for making another three-part film was to squeeze money from Toiken fans.
Not a chance McKellen told the press in New York.
“Anyone who thinks Peter Jackson would fall for market forces around him rather than artistic integrity doesn’t know the guy or the body of his work. If we just made one movie, The Hobbit, the fact is that all the fans, the eight-, nine- and 10-year-old boys; they would watch it 1000 times. Now, they’ve got three films they can watch 1000 times.”
Bilbo joins dashing warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his 13 dwarves to take back the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from Smaug, the dragon, sleeping in mounds of gold on Lonely Mountain. Cate Blanchett also returns in the prequel as Galadriel and Gollum (Andy Serkis, also the second-unit director), who changes Bilbo’s life forever.
Bilbo isn’t the only one whose life changed. Elijah Wood, who returns as Frodo, said despite the years that passed, his character contiues to be with him.
“Playing Frodo over the course of four years, ending that chapter—a funny thing happens; the films came out and all the characters get absorbed as Andy was saying [Serkis] into popular culture,” said Wood played Frodo Baggins when he was 18.