Here we are again with another installment from the Peter Jackson Juggernaut of Expensive Films! Who else could make a 300 plus page book into three full length films? For those of you that have been living under a rock. The Hobbit is a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published back in 1937. You may have read his Lord of the Rings books which were also made into movies by Jackson. Anyway, as I was saying…I was skeptical about seeing this movie since I had read a few reviews that said it was too long, too boring, etc. I personally found the movie to be decently paced, with plenty of story and quite a bit of action. I read the book a long time ago and it seems to follow the book nicely. I don’t usually view movies alone so I asked my “˜better half’ to give me a little feedback since she has not read the book. She said I liked it, it told a story with details but it wasn’t boring, it was interesting”.
As was the case in the Lord of the Rings movies, the special effects people did a great job of making Gandolf (Ian McKellen) look larger than his Dwarf and Hobbit counterparts. As for the other special effects…some looked good, and some not so good. Like one scene in the underworld of the orcs. At one point the group rides a wave of wooden scaffolding down a huge crevass in the mountain. Ugh hello, who would ever survive this in real life? Come on dude it’s so unrealistic it’s crazy! Um…well, this is a made up world, with made up creatures so I will just leave it there. I did love the part in the mountains when a storm was raging and the mountains came to life fighting each other. It was like Mortal Combat granite style! Booyah! I was giggling like a school girl with pigtails! I forgot about this part in the book. Aw gimme a break I can’t remember everything in every book I’ve ever read. Especially when it was like 12 years ago!
On another note Bilbo (Martin Freeman) looked a little too much like Pippin (Billy Boyd) from the previous films. Or was it Merry (Dominic Monaghan), oh hell who knows! All the Hobbits and their creepy ass feet look the same to me! I’m not sure why, but this really bothered me. I was equally bugged by the appearance of Thorin (Richard Armitage). He looked way too human compared to the rest of the Dwarves. Did the hair, makeup and wardrobe folks forget he was a Dwarf? This confused me through the whole movie. I kept forgetting this is a Dwarves tale when I saw him, but was reminded when they cut to the funny looking dudes playing the dwarves. All sorts of weird hair, noses and big boots! On the flip side I was very happy they brought back the original actors to play their parts in this movie. This included Ian Holm as Old Bilbo, Elijah Wood as Frodo, Cate Blanchette as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum, and Hugo Weaving as Elrond. Incidentally Weaving is also the voice of Megatron from the Transformers movies. But it’s the voice of Optimus Prime that makes me swoon! Wow that was random…
Since I am currently lacking a rating system as awesome as this web site I will just say this movie has my seal of approval. It was full of story, beautiful scenery, creative costumes, and awesome hardware, ie…swords, shields, gold and the like. I can’t wait to see the next movie when we are introduced to Smaug. If it weren’t for this dragon these movies wouldn’t exist since it was he who took over the Dwarves mountain, their riches and sent them fleeing. Then when all the signs were right the universe prompted them to return to reclaim their land in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Look for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in December 2013 followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again around July 2014. For more information on these movies visit their official site at: http://www.thehobbit.com