Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

8.30PM, GO!

The be­gin­ning of a tril­ogy of fi lms based on the beloved book by J. R. R. Tolkien. While un­doubt­edly daz­zling to the eye, a de­cided lack of sto­ry­telling ur­gency ( there was no need to stretch this sim­ple story across three long in­stal­ments) fl oods all other senses with pure te­dium – un­less you are a to­tal tragic for all things Lord of the Rings. Martin Free­man plays Bilbo Bag­gins, the home­body hob­bit who re­luc­tantly joins the wise wiz­ard Gan­dalf ( Ian McKellen) and a tribe of war­rior dwarfs for a mam­moth trek into the un­known. The spe­cial- eff ects work is ut­terly spell­bind­ing, but there’s no hid­ing the un­nec­es­sary pad­ding that bloats the run­ning time to al­most three hours.

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