Date Posted: 2012-12-16
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 3D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
It was brilliant! The costumes were fantastic, the soundtrack encapsulating and the actors astounding. The (very few) things I wasn't too keen on was the repetitive 'heroic' moments when the dwarves came to the rescue. i.e. When the dwarves came charging in to fight the trolls, and again when they went to Bilbo's aid to save Thorin from Azog. Also, I didn't quite understand why the party were in the thick of the giants fight. I certainly don't think it added to the believability of the film, especially as they all came out of it unscathed. I don't understand why they changed the already great look of the goblins. They look far too animated and similar. The goblins we saw in Moria in the Fellowship of the Ring were perfect representations! Its not like we saw enough of them in the Fellowship of the Ring to be used again in The Hobbit.
The only problem with the Riddles in the Dark scene was the final riddle. I don't know about other hard-core fans, but I was certainly expecting this to be to-the-book. When Bilbo said time, that was never an actual guess. He was telling Gollum he need more time, but Gollum thought that was his answer. But at the end of the day, I don't really care about the cons(I just had to get them off my mind!). The cast and crew made a fantastic film. I think the Dwarves together as a group added a fantastic, fierce and funny aspect to the film, exactly how I felt when I first read the book. Seeing Saruman as a good guy (or so he makes you believe) was great. It was a good idea to have Ian Holm and Elijah Wood as a part of it, as I think it helped other fans to relate it to the Fellowship of the Ring. The delux edition soundtrack and my cast/crew-autographed Hobbit book should keep me satisfied until the film comes out on Blu-Ray! Now just a whole other year to wait until the next one :S
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