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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Posted by Neil Alcock at 19:30 on 11 Dec 2013
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
First things first: there are no songs, no washing up scenes and no fucking eagles in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which immediately makes it a better film than its predecessor. The eyeball-molesting increased frame rate of An Unexpected Journey has also been, if not dropped, then less loudly trumpeted for this film, which is another blessed relief. You'd almost be fooled into thinking that Peter Jackson has been listening to his critics, were it not for the fact that Desolation is still an obscenely long, slightly dull, inferior version of a Lord Of The Rings film.

Please explain the benefits of a man doing motion-capture for a dragon

Posted by Ali Gray at 22:00 on 23 Oct 2013
Please explain the benefits of a man doing motion-capture for a dragon
Presumably by now you'll all have seen the photos of Benedict Cumberbatch covered in mini ping pong balls, contorting his face like a trooper in order to provide motion-capture for Smaug, the dragon in The Hobbit. Now I don't mean to be a killjoy, but... this is a wind-up, right?

Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Posted by Matt at 14:00 on 10 Dec 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
So we're back to the familiar LARPing territory of Middle Earth then. With wizards and elves and dwarves and huge CGI monsters and big sweeping shots of the New Zealand countryside. The Hobbit may be a different story to The Lord Of The Rings - an independent story that came first, with its own characters and dangers and adventures - but there is really nothing all that unexpected about this journey. Oh apart from the singing. That’s a bit of a shock.

Introducing the trolls of The Hobbit

Posted by Matt at 21:25 on 14 Nov 2012
Introducing the trolls of The Hobbit
Bilbo is going to need help from Gwarfir The Moderator in order to defeat these three. Yes, there's a chance I haven't read the book.

Well fuck you too, Galadriel

Posted by Matt at 09:00 on 03 Nov 2012
Well fuck you too, Galadriel
New character posters released for The Hobbit, but only Galadriel looks like she's flipping us off.

This is not the new Hobbit trailer

Posted by Matt at 16:02 on 22 Sep 2012


... but there's never not a good time to remind people that this exists. The new Hobbit trailer is pretty good too, by the way.

News article on The Hobbit trilogy to be split across two pages

Posted by Ali at 16:00 on 31 Jul 2012
News article on The Hobbit trilogy to be split across two pages
After seeing how Warner Bros and Lionsgate doubled their profits from the final books in the Harry Potter and Twilight series by splitting them into two films, Peter Jackson has gone one better and split JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit into a trilogy, averaging around 99 pages per movie. We investigate after the jump, then in more detail after another jump.

Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman, the style-challenged crimefighting duo

Posted by Ali at 14:40 on 16 Jul 2012
Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman, the style-challenged crimefighting duo
The Hobbit's Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman snapped at Comic-Con, dressed in sweaty Miami Vice cosplay. I assume. (Thanks to ITN for the grab).

Look, it's Bilbo Baggins

Posted by Ali at 18:03 on 23 Jun 2011
Look, it's Bilbo Baggins
Hobbit fans, commence smoking of the weed: the first official stills have been released. As a bonus, they're watermarked with Entertainment Weekly logos, in case you forget they are ALL POWERFUL.
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