British actor Sylvester McCoy, who plays the character
Radagast who has been compared to unloved Star Wars
character Jar Jar Binks. REUTERS/Mark Coote
The Hobbit "runs rings" around other blockbusters despite
one of its characters having too much in common with the
reviled Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks, an early review
The New York Daily News has posted its take on The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey ahead of the December 3 embargo placed on
New Zealand reviewers.
It has fulsome praise for director Peter Jackson, who is
called the "one real wizard in Middle Earth".
In The Hobbit, the film auteur has created a "dazzling" epic,
the review says.
"The [film] runs rings around most special-effects driven
Jackson is also praised for filming the movie at 48 frames
per second (fps), rather than the industry standard 24fps.
That decision came under close scrutiny when audiences
criticised test footage shown to them earlier this year.
But the final version of the film shows the "technological
wizardry" paid off, the NYDN review says.
"After a minute or two of adjusting, the higher resolution is
eye-popping, similar to discovering HD television for the
"Alas, the higher resolution has one downside: it really
makes you wince when you see the obscenely corpulent Goblin
King in such crystal clarity."
The only criticism is reserved for a tangential subplot
involving the wizard Radagast the Brown, who is played by
former Doctor Who actor Sylvester McCoy.
His buffoonery at times "descends into Jar Jar Binks
territory", the review says.
It says the movie is lighter and funnier than the Lord of the
Rings films, but remains faithful to the fantasy world
created by JRR Tolkien.
- Herald Online