Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 8
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? No
When I first heard about the plans of making The Hobbit into three full-length films, I was extremely excited, yet incredibly concerned. The Hobbit is undoubtedly one of my favorite books, so naturally as a fan of the novel, I feel a certain protectiveness of the work and it's adaptation, even in the hands of a phenomenal filmmaker like Peter Jackson. But once I heard about the fact that they would be adding the notes from the Appendices, as well as fleshing out other characters from the book, such as Bard the Bowman, I knew this film wouldn't disappoint.
I attended the midnight premiere this last Thursday night/Friday morning. Seeing the film in a crowded theater with an army of other fans was a fantastic experience. I absolutely LOVED the film. One note I did have originally was the creatures (Goblins, Trolls, Wargs, etc.). After growing accustom to the life-like, prosthetic work done by WETA Workshop in the Lord of the Rings films, I think many audience members, including myself, were expecting the same kind of feel for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. When this wasn't the case, I was slightly confused at first, until I realized that Peter Jackson must have had his artistic reasons for this choice. The answer I've come to is the fact that The Hobbit is supposed to be much more fantastical and much less serious than The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the book with children between the ages of 10 and 12 in mind, and in a way, the visual effects reflect that. While they are definitely not cartoonish or childish in any way whatsoever, the look of them did portray a more magical and fantastic look at Middle-Earth then we've seen before. Other than that small detail, the rest of the film was spectacular, easily one of the best ones I've seen this whole year. The cinematography was breath-taking, the score was amazing (Thank you, Howard Shore!), the dialogue was entertaining, the special effects were astounding (Props to you, WETA Digital), the acting was superb: All-in-all, it was an absolutely incredible film. If you are a fan of Tolkien's work, or just in the mood to see a good film, I would highly recommend going to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
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