21, New Brighton
Date Posted: 2012-12-17
Tolkien Fan Level: 5
Film Format Seen? 2D 24 fps
Will view again in a different format? Yes
Since I had been anxiously awaiting the return of Peter Jackson to Middle-earth, it is understandable that I had high expectations for this first Hobbit film. I am glad to say, Peter and friends have delivered in full, minus a few select areas.
Make up: 5/5 As with the first three movies, I am blown away by the make-up work done on the Hobbits and other characters. My favorite make-up job had to be the part of Radagast's face that has actually become like a tree, with moss growing on it and such. That's brilliant. The make-up department at Weta is and has been top of the line. Music: 5/5 Howard Shore is still my favorite movie composer, and he has done exceptionally well with composing music for The Hobbit. I should note that, after watching The Hobbit for the first time, I noticed how not many different pieces of music stood out to me. None of them had me instantly humming them; except for the Lonely Mountain song and then the main theme that reprises the Lonely Mountain song on a grand scale. I can only imagine that, with time, different parts of the score will start standing out and I will get them stuck in my head. I'm not worried. Art Direction: 5/5 John Howe and Alan Lee have once again led the art department into imagining Tolkien's world on paper and then on film. Everything is awe-inspiring, the characters designed to how I would've pictured them. Best of all is the sweeping vistas you will see and are probably familiar with. Acting: 5/5 Every dwarf has been cast magnificently, with 2 slight exceptions. There's something about Fili that just seems...slightly fake. The way he carries himself or something. Especially when he first walks into Bag End. I'm not sure. The other character that feels off is Ori. I understand that Ori is young and also is supposed to convey a sense of innocence, but Adam Brown seems to convey it so much that he just seems overly flamboyant and cheesy. Hopefully those two characters grow on me with the next two movies. Other than the dwarves, the other actors are great! Ian McKellen is a delight as always, and Christopher Lee sent a chill down my spine. Cinematogrophy: 5/5 Exceptional! This movie does not fail to make you feel as if you were there in the company of dwarves, standing in the cave with Gollum and Bilbo, and the like. The camera work will draw breath out of you, as it did to me. Costume Design: 5/5 Bilbo's outfits are splendid, especially a quilt patch one that you will see and probably laugh at (because of how cool it is). The dwarves costumes are made to be thing, tough, and warm, as they should be! No shortcuts taken with costume, nothing but quality here! Directing: 5/5 Peter Jackson can direct this amount of key actors and all of the key staff on set, and turn out a movie of this magnitude and quality? Color me impressed. Special effects: 4/5 Here it is, the only 4 that I gave for a score. Why? There are a couple CG characters that seem to be...missing a few layers. (and i dont mean layers of clothing) In particular, I am referring slightly to the Goblin King (he isn't too bad) but most of all I am talking about Azog the Defiler. It is so painfully obvious that he is a CG character. Could it just be because of his pale skin? I'm not sure. He sticks out like a sore thumb and really does look like he came out of an Xbox 360 game or Skyrim. I don't understand how Weta Digital could do so unimaginably well on characters like Gollum and such, but then seemingly not try as hard with Azog? Editing: The first half of the movie sets up character development so well, and understandably, lengthens things a bit. So expect to be in for a bit of a sit. (A quite enjoyable sit though) After that half, things really take off and you will be on the edge of your seat, heck, maybe even literally. Excellent editing, fluid motion. Screenplay: I still have not read The Hobbit all the way through, so I cannot accurately say whether or not the movie script is fully accurate to the book. But from what I have read, everything follows. Peter, Fran, and Phillipa have breathed into this story what needed to be breathed in to make it the appropriate length movie. No fluff, not stuff un-fittingly made up; it all follows from the canon of Tolkien. Perfectly believable. Magical. This is more movie-magic from Peter Jackson, and it'd be a shame if you missed it.
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