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A few weeks before Christmas Eldest Daughter informed me that she and her two sons were planning on seeing The Hobbit on Boxing Day when it would be shown for the first time. On Monday a week before Christmas, the tickets went on sale at 5.00 PM, daughter and I were there at 5.10 PM for our tickets. Just as well we were.

Come Boxing Day, we got to the cinema, in plenty of time, to discover that not only The Hobbit but two other movies opened that day.

We joined the queue – the long queue, that seemingly never moving queue! Needless to say, the tickets had sold out and the cinemas were packed.

My two grandsons and I are huge fans of Lord of the Rings. I love the book they love the movies – all three movies. So it was with some excitement, and, it must be admitted, a little trepidation, that we sat down and waited for the movie to begin.

Almost three hours later we walked out, our heads full of dwarves and speculation on what will happen in the next two movies. Yes, for us, Peter Jackson has definitely done it again. The cinematography is once again brilliant. Whereas Lord of the Rings was sombre in places, The Hobbit provides humour. I defy anyone to not laugh at the double takes on the face of Martin Freeman as Bilbo or the antics of James Nesbitt as Bofur. And if Richard Armitage’s Thorin sometimes appears to share his fight choreography with Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn in Lord of the Rings then who cares. He is still Richard Armitage and still very on the eyes – and an excellent actor!

Will I go and see it again? Definitely. Will I see the next two movies? Another definite.

Incidently, we saw the 2D version. And that is the one I will see again.

Another plus for us was Jackson’s use of familiar music. We know from the music when the elves are about to appear. The beautiful music also alerts us to the entrance of of Elrond and Galadriel. Another tick for Peter Jackson.

Photo from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624/

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