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The fun begins again

The fun begins again
How refreshing it is to go back to a world where the twists and turns of the plot keep us glued in! To be fair, The Hobbit, J R R Tolkien's prequel to the Lord of the Ring series, has a lot of computer-generated ‘adventures’, but it is the old fashioned linear narrative, of the perils that one comes across when one ventures out in the world, and not gimmicks, that binds the story together.

Although, the characters and premise are already familiar to us, thanks to the magnum opus series,
Lord of the Rings,
when hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) ventures out with the dwarfs on a mission reluctantly, the fun begins all over again. The story follows what happened 60 years before The Lord of the Rings. Hobbit Baggins is hired by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest across middle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. En route, Baggins come into possession the ring that created much furore in the box office a decade ago.

Of course, the makers of the film cash in on the ‘winners’ of the earlier series. But why won’t they. We can’t really complain either because we get an absolutely riveting performance from the Lord of the Ring’s popular character, Gollum (Andy Serkis). Cate Blanchett, who plays Galadriel, graces us with her enigmatic Mona Lisa smiles yet again. There’s even a bit with Frodo (Elijah Wood), before we are taken back to the past. And the adorable wizard Gandalf steals our hearts again, especially, when he offers his ‘smoke’ to the hassled fellow wizard who calms down after a puff.

The Hobbit evens ends like in Lord of the Rings, atop a cliff overlooking the stunning landscape of New Zealand — which by the way, is waiting with fingers crossed for tourists to pour in and rejuvenate its economy — with the characters tempting fate by rejoicing too soon, while the worse awaits them just around the corner. For which we have to wait — next up is The Desolation of Smaug. One thing is for sure: middle-earth certainly has enough intrigue to keep us entertained.
Jemima Raman

Jemima Raman

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