Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
The first and worst thing I have to say is that I am sorely disappointed I have to wait a year to see part two.
My discussion involves spoilers. Overall, it was an amazing adaptation. I have minor issues with a few things, however. I was mildly irritated that the countryside representing the west of the Misty Mountains looked so much like that used for The Wold and Rohan in the LOTR. It must be a little different! But I get the limitations of scouting locations. It can't be easy, even in a country as beautiful and diverse as New Zealand. Also, the idea that Radagast sped from his home in Greenwood/Mirkwood to where Gandalf, Bilbo and the company of dwarfs were to warn Gandalf about the growing menace at Dol Guldur and the corruption of the forest felt a little jarring. The stone giants of Misty Mountains? I wanted them to be more just giants, and less like giants actually made of stone. However, these are fairly small points and hardly distract from the amazing quality of the film. The changes from the book to the film are certainly rife, but not, in my view, catastrophic. They are generally in keeping with the spirit, if not the letter, of the book. I think, honestly, that's about as much as the lover of a book can ask of a film adaptation. The sequence beginning with the descent into Goblin-town and Bilbo's encounter with Gollum was particularly nice, I thought. At the end of the day, despite my issue with a few things, I think we would have to be a genuinely spoiled and jaded culture to dismiss the Hobbit in any fundamental way. It was gorgeous, well-made, well-acted, well-told fun.
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