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Review: the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

This will be somewhat of a mixed review, because The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of three rather long installments chronicling Bilbo Baggins’ adventure in Middle Earth, is somewhat of a mixed film. I will avoid spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet and haven’t read the book, though I consider the start safe.

Director Peter Jackson chose to start with a prologue giving the background for this quest, the story of how Erebor, greatest city of the Dwarfs, fell to Smaug the dragon. This is the whole reason for the quest: thirteen dwarfs, the wizard Gandalf and little Bilbo Baggins the quiet, respectable, titular hobbit, go on an adventure to retake the city under the mountain from Smaug. It is not how Tolkien chose to begin the tale, but it worked well enough, though perhaps went on a little too long, and in general prologues seem to work better in film than in print.

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Films every fantasy fan should see

Fantasy as a genre is varied; it can encompass tales of love, tales of a small group of heroes saving the whole world, or tales of young characters leaning an important lesson. It can encompass both comedy and tragedy and every point on the spectrum in between, and everything from the epic to the bizarre.

But because of this breadth of the genre, selecting films from within it that should not be missed is difficult. I have presented here some of my favourites, films which are the epitome of fantasy and which showcase the very best of the genre. This list is not definitive, and I will almost certainly write another with some more examples of great fantasy films in the future. But for now, here are five great fantasy films that really shouldn’t be missed: Continue reading Films every fantasy fan should see