My can’t-wait-for movies for 2012

The Hobbit

Right, you know me. I love movies in almost all shapes and sizes. I review movies for part of my living (I reviewed 65 last year).

Last year was pretty lean in terms of movies that I was desperate to see… 2012 is a whole different kettle of fish. I prepped an article for work on the same topic, but this is my must-see list. And mine only.

I’ve already seen two of the movies I was most keen for – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (If you haven’t seen it yet, go right now. Like now. Bookmark this page and go the movies – you can read it when you get back) and The Muppets (which I saw last year but only releases on 27 January here in SA).

Read on for my must-see movies of 2012…

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The adventure begins… The first Hobbit trailer

I’ve been looking forward to this movie for years. And years. And probably some more years on top of that. I read JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit as a child, and it’s remained one of my favourite novels since.

I was also, at some point in my teens, obsessed with Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Obsessed. I’ve seen the movies so often that I can definitely recite most of The Fellowship of the Ring as it plays. And probably a large chunk of The Return of the King too.

Anyway, you don’t care about my slightly unhealthy relationship with The Lord of the Rings. You’re here to see the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I got chills, then squealed.

Watch here.

Firstly, Martin Freeman completely exceeded my expectations. Sir Ian McKellen (who returns as Gandalf) was right about one thing – he is Bilbo. (In my mind, at least.)

I do love the hark back to The Lord of the Rings – those people whose entire experience of Tolkien is centered in Jackson’s film will find this familiar and comforting, and the rabid fans of the books will be pretty much rabid no matter what. The inclusion of Howard Shore’s main Lord of the Rings Theme gives it a wonderful, nostalgic feel.

And while we don’t get to see as much of the dwarves as I would have liked, I suppose we’ve got a full year of promotional material to go to get to know them.

Bring on part one of The Hobbit. 

‘The Hobbit’ finally on the roll…!

I’m currently man-down with a radical cold, and am therefore not up to much else other than a) My basic day’s work b) Drinking lots of tea and c) Playing as much Dragon Age 2 as is humanly possible before my fingers seize up. But – much excitement – production has finally started on The Hobbit! After years and years of delays, they’ve finally kicked off – and are still aiming for a December 2012 release date for part one, which is apparently subtitled There and Back Again.

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Peter Jackson poses on the set of 'The Hobbit'. © Warner Brothers

These cool promotional photos have been released by WB – and wow, is Peter Jackson looking a little trimmer than his Lord of the Rings days! Compare:

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Peter Jackson poses on the set of 'The Hobbit'. © Warner Brothers

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Peter Jackson in a promo image for 'The Lord of the Rings'.


I’ve had a bit of a Hobbit overdose today – working on a feature to accompany the news. And now, I want to reread the novel for the zillionth time. With more tea, and sympathy.