Down the Hobbit hole

Downtime shall reserve full judgement on Peter Jackson’s speeded up (48 frames per second!) film version of our ill-remembered tale of Bilbo Baggins and his escapades until it has been properly viewed in the picture house.

A neat trick to have conjured three films out of one rather slender, if fondly remembered, childhood book. Happy days! Treasure Island, Swallows and Amazons, The Hobbit…

And, of course, Bored of the Rings – quite the most amusing parody of Prof Tolkien’s magnum opus. Will ‘Age of Hobbits’, the film parody of JRR’s story of a little loved Hobbit’s adventure beyond the stultifying, bigoted, parochial backwater of the Shire with dwarves, hit those heights? Again, Downtime will have to reserve judgement, given the restraining order slapped on it by a federal judge in the US.

At least Jackson’s film opens, Downtime understands, with some grand explosions rather than the lame: ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit’. It picks up after that, admittedly, especially the sylvan scene with the Elves. Or is that something else …?

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