Feast for diehards

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first in­ter­na­tional re­views of The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney are out – with high praise and di­vided opin­ions over di­rec­tor Sir Peter Jack­son’s con­tentious 48 frames per sec­ond. ‘‘Spend­ing nearly three hours of screen time to vis­ually rep­re­sent ev­ery comma, full stop and semi­colon in the first six chap­ters of the peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar 19-chap­ter book, Jack­son and his col­leagues have cre­ated a purist’s de­light, some­thing the mil­lions of diehard fans of his Lord of the Rings tril­ogy will gorge upon,’’ The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter’s Todd McCarthy writes. ‘‘It’s also a bit of a slog, with an in­or­di­nate amount of ex­po­si­tion.’’ Martin Free­man’s work as young Bilbo Bag­gins has been uni­ver­sally ap­plauded. ‘‘Free­man wields the same sort of un­der­stated comic tim­ing as Bilbo, a fussy home­body who de­cides that he needs a lit­tle ad­ven­ture in his life,’’ Tim Gri­er­son of Screen Daily says. US film critic Jor­dan Hoff­man of ScreenCrush was unim­pressed by the 48fps and its hy­per-real­is­tic look. ‘‘Any­thing shot in day­light looks like a BBC pro­duc­tion from the 1970s. The move­ment is too smooth. And yet, when the cam­era moves, too, it looks some­what jerky,’’ he says.

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