Date Posted: 2012-12-15
Tolkien Fan Level: 1
Film Format Seen? 3D 48 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
It is hard to even begin this review, but, suffice it if I say, "The Hobbit" was great! I was very pleased with it on the whole. And, aside from some deviations from the text (and by that I mean even deviations from the Appendices of LoTR), I quite enjoyed it.
"The Hobbit" started splendidly: I love how we see Bilbo taking out the Red Book of Westmarch and Frodo's curiosity at all of his chests stuffed with treasure. I did notice the change in Bilbo's actual countenance, and, while I would have approved of some continuity with FoTR (for, though 60 years have passed, Bilbo is not suppossed to have aged much as a result of the Ring), I was willing to accept a "younger" Bilbo as "not a big deal." That this opening scene (with Bilbo's wonderful narration) ends with Frodo running off to meat Gandalf (which ties into FoTR) was very satisfying. I also must applaud Ian Mckellen as a perfect Gandalf, once again. What was lacking from "an Unexpected Party," however, was major: the Dwarves were not wearing their so-quintescential hoods. Aside from this small slip, the Dwarves are great: in acting, make-up/costumes, and, of course, accents. Amongst the commotion of the party, it was great to see Gandalf bump his head against the very lamp he hits in FoTR when he returns to Bag End. One major flaw with the story (taking into consideration all of the appendices of LoTR, too) was the addition of Azog as a central villain. The scene of "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire" was much dramatized (nor did I appreciate Gandalf's having to call the Eagles for aid with that small butterfly/moth-thing he uses to escape the roof of Orthanc). However, it gets slightly worse: Azog, at the Battle of Azanulbizar (when the Dwavres retake Moria and Thorin earns the name "Oakenshield") is killed. Yes, Dain kills Azog as the Dwarves retake the mountain, and his head is palced on a spike. So, Azog should not even be alive to fight Thorin at the pines: that this rivalry was added (but, even so, incorrectly and not thought-through) was dissappointing. The scene "Riddles in the Dark" was the best of the film: Andy Serkis is better than ever as Gollum (and the new technology helps, not just in this scene, but the whole film). The music was amazing, with many leitmotifs from LoTR, and the cinematography was beautiful (many fly-by's of NZ). On the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and, though I may have to look past certain (large) flaws with the legendarium and the addition of non-cannonical aspects, I intend to see it again...and again.
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