Date Posted: 2012-12-28
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? Imax 3D
Will view again in a different format? Yes
To date, I have watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey four times. I watched it in the normal format for the first three times, but I finally caught it in IMAX 3D during my fourth viewing. I also intend to watch it in 3D 48fps sometime soon.
I enjoyed the film very much indeed. The music brought tears to my eyes. I honestly couldn't believe that I could have more of Middle-Earth on the big screen, and those opening notes made me feel as though I was coming home. I particularly liked all the different personalities of the dwarves, which wasn't quite as obvious in the books. I did not like some of the changes that had been made, but I can say that the changes were good in their own way. One change that I especially loved was the scene between Thorin and Bilbo at the end. It actually brought tears to my eyes. There was a lot of attention paid to detail, which I could clearly appreciate on my second, third, and fourth viewings. It seemed as though there was something new to notice in a different corner of the screen each time I watched it, especially the eating scene in Bag End, when the entire place was full of dwarves pillaging the pantry. In one corner there was Ori wiping the plates, and in another, Bofur and Nori fighting over sausages... I enjoyed the music very much, and it is my opinion that Howard Shore outdid himself. The music was perfect in every scene, and it greatly contributed to the atmosphere of the film. The Misty Mountains song that the dwarves sung still gives me chills every time I hear it. I really liked the fact that the songs from the book were incorporated into the film. The acting was brilliant. Martin Freeman simply is Bilbo. He is perfect as a hobbit. And I loved the character growth that we saw, though I still don't much approve of how he ran out of his front door after seeing the contract. I'd rather Gandalf had prodded him, but that scene was lovely in its own way. Ian McKellen was wonderful as always, and Richard Armitage was just how I'd imagined Thorin would be. Slyvester McCoy stole the show as Radagast, even though he was only there for a short while. Andy Serkis was amazing, just as he was in The Lord of the Rings. I had my doubts when I saw how cute Smeagol was in the trailer, because Gollum is supposed to be very menacing and scary, but the doubts were blown away when I watched the 'Riddles in the Dark' scene. It was also very nice to see Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, and Ian Holm again. As I said earlier, it really felt like I was coming home, somehow. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. I just wish that I could live in New Zealand. The art direction was wonderful as well. Rivendell looked even more beautiful this time, and I hardly thought that that could be possible. Something else that was beautiful were the costumes! The designs were so lovely. The film was very enjoyable, and not in the least lacking in humour. I believe that I was giggling throughout most scenes, especially the trolls scene, and the dwarves' escape from Goblin-town. I liked the story very much, and I think that it was a good idea to have the cut-off point where they did have it. I can't wait to watch it one more time before the Extended Edition is released on DVD, because once that is released, I doubt I'll be watching this version again. It's not long enough for my taste! Though it is fantastic, and definitely the best film that I've watched since The Return of the King. I had my doubts about it, and I thought that it could never live up to The Lord of the Rings. But it's not the same, and I won't compare them in that manner. But my doubts about it disappeared completely after watching it for the first time, and my main thought upon coming out of the theatre was that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the most beautiful film I'd seen in ages. Thank you for taking me back to Middle-Earth, Peter Jackson and the entire cast and crew of The Hobbit. Now I am very excited for The Desolation of Smaug. Bring on 2013!
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