Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
Peter Jackson has done it again. The acting, the costumes, the scenery, everything. I was blown away by The Hobbit. I'll get the criticism out of the way first. It is, simply, that I'm not sure of the reason for the Azog the Orc storyline other than as a plot device. In Tolkien's world, Azog was killed in battle nearly 150 years prior to the events of the Hobbit. I guess we'll see where this goes. Not really criticism, just a hmmmm. It doesn't detract, though, and adds another bruise to Thorin's tortured soul, so no complaints. Thorin is perfect. Richard Armitage captured that weight and sadness and fleshed him out beyond the greed. Pride is his major flaw. Martin Freeman is an absolutely loveable Bilbo, so prim and proper and genuinely inconvenienced by all of the guests who appear at his door. The conflict between being a sensible Baggins of Bag End and giving in to the odd, adventurous Took side of the family is beautifully played on Freeman's face. Ian McKellan plays Gandalf with such lovely nuances. The storm in the mountains with the rock giants is similar to what I pictured in my mind when reading the book. The Wargs were terrifying. Loved the Goblin King. Riddles with Gollum....WOW! Jackson balances lightheartedness and darkness well. That this was written as a bedtime story for children should be remembered when seeing the film. It's not as grim and serious as LOTR. It's goofy in places, but that's ok. There are some divergences from the book, but for cinema they work. Dear quirky Radagast...love him. It's also Jackson's vision of Middle Earth. No one's view of a fantasy world will be the same as the next person's. Jackson nails it. I can't wait to see it again, to see the next two installments, and to have a Tolkien movie marthon with all six of Jackson's films.
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