Kapi-Mana News : December 11th 2012
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Contact us now for your Christmas orders KM072257 Hobbit one wild ride The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage. Screenplay by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, directed by Peter Jackson. 166 minutes. Opens December 12 at Reading Porirua and Light House Pauatahanui cinemas. REVIEWED BY KYLIE KLEIN NIXON SWEET RETURN: Middle-earth is as enthralling as we remember it. In The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joins a band of dwarves hellbent on reclaiming their Mountain home. Director Peter Jackson has faced accusations of sophomore arro- gance for daring to expand The Hobbit beyond the pages of the beloved source book. Who, the internet pundits wailed, did this Jackson guy think he was with his fancy frame rates and his mega-budget trilogies? After seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpec- ted Journey, the answer is clearly a bloke with parts of steel'', because the film is deftly controlled chaos, a wild ride of fantasy delight. Homely hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is coaxed into joining a ragged band of dwarves set on reclaiming their stolen kingdom. They have a map, a key, a wizard (Honorary Kiwi Sir Ian Mckel- len reprising his role as Gandalf) and the ironclad will to oust the dragon usurper, Smaug, who turned them out of their mountain home many years before. Along the way Bilbo must hold his own among the xenophobic dwarves, led by bitter prince Thorin Oakenshield (Rich- ard Armitage taking up the Aragorn- esque heroic mantle with ease), against a slew of grim and grizzly foe, pitting his wits against thick-skulled trolls and a certain cave-dwelling creeper with an eye for precious things. Jackson knows a thing or two about being a fan, and he clearly had The Lord of the Rings enthusiasts at the front of his mind while putting this escapade together. Nods to fan favourite moments from the first trilogy abound, from Frodo (Elijah Wood) popping up in the opening scenes to a familiar fan-beloved face in fair Rivendell. But An Unexpected Journey is so much more than a homage to Jackson's past glory or our own enthusiasm for Middle-earth. The film has the dual task of setting up not only the current prequel but the trilogy we already know, and it handles it perfectly. With well-crafted, charming characters and a ripping pace once they're on the road, the episodic nature of the story keeps the pressure on and fairly blows through the three hour running time -- it felt more like an hour and a half -- while delivering a shedload of history and set- ting up a slew of new faces. A low note is possibly the rollercoaster ride of dwarfish exposition before the real story starts, but it's a necessary introduc- tion to the world of the hobbit, one which strikes a balance between the light- hearted tone of its children's book origins and darker aspects of the story to follow. It should be a difficult balance to main- tain, but Freeman's Bilbo is the key, his fish-out-of-water Everyman leading us through the zanier set pieces and more gruesome moments with equal aplomb. This is no child's film, though -- heads and other appendages roll, guts are spilt and the Jackson-introduced orc menace Azog (Manu Bennett) is foully terrifying. There's a great deal of pathos, particu- larly in Bilbo's encounter with Gollum (Andy Give him all the Oscars now' Ser- kis) which is stunning, and funny, too. In fact, it was everything I could have wanted from a first instalment, with added gorgeous elvish king cameos and dragons. Finally, yes, the vertigo-inducing turns through the dwarves' mountain strong- hold are a stomach-heaving introduction to the higher frame rate combined with 3D. But it is unlike anything you've seen before, and closer to one of those mega- screen thrill ride films from the 1970s than the flashy 3D we've had in recent years. And while the depth and clarity of the images is disconcerting at first, by the time Gandalf arrives on screen to whisk young Bilbo off on adventure it'll be the last thing on your mind. If you want a wild ride -- and let's face it, who doesn't? -- The Hobbit will not disappoint. THE LOWDOWN Up-to-date listings for local events and shows. Want your event added? Email: email@example.com. For the full lowdown: www.kapimananews.co.nz On today WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER of the Year, collecting action shots, underwater images, landscapes and environmental reportage. At Pataka until January 27. DARRYN GEORGE, new paintings, at Pataka until March 3. WALLACE ART Awards 2012, entries for the longest surviving and largest annual art awards. At Pataka until February 24. Friday, December 14 AUCTION & RAFFLE, Mungavin Kindergarten is hold- ing a fundraising evening at Porirua Working Men's Club from 6pm to help replace items damaged or taken during a recent burglary. A range of donations and vouchers will be auctioned and raffled. All proceeds to kindy. Saturday, December 15 DRESS FOR SUCCESS workshop for girls aged 13-15. The workshop will cover Kiwi-made natural skincare, clothing to suit your body, self-defence, and advice for decision-making. Linden Community Cen- tre, 9.45am-4pm. Call 473 2940 to register. Tuesday, December 18 STORY FESTIVAL, Porirua, Cannons Creek and Whitby libraries host the A-long Hot Summer Story Festival. Kids collect a goodie bag from a participating library. There will be guest performances, animator Alice Moore, film, puppetry, music and more. It's all about sharing and creating stories. The festival runs until January 18. Phone Bea Trudgeon on 237 1543. Wednesday, December 19 THE WURLITZER THEATRE organ will be unleashed by Len Fifield when he performs his Christmas Time Concert at Southward Car Museum at 2pm. After Sir Len Southward rescued the organ from the Civic Theatre in Auckland he decided to house it in a specially-built theatre at his museum in Paraparaumu. Christmas Day COMMUNITY BRUNCH, come together around the barbie, 11.30am, Mungavin Hall. To book a table or lend a hand, call 237 7045. Tuesday, February6 FESTIVAL OF THE ELEMENTS, Annual arts and cul- tural festival, Te Rauparaha Park and Arena. This year's theme is ''wind''. Every Wednesday SPINNING, felting, weaving. Have a go at Gear Woolshed, opposite Aotea College. Wednesdays, 7.30pm, till December 5. $16 for 8 sessions, materi- als additional. Email billeemutton@ slingshot.co.nz or ph Beverley at 027 218 0635.
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