Hello everyone! I hope the winter months are treating you all well. The holidays are fast approaching, and I'm running out of time to shop for Christmas presents. This is always a very stressful time for me! I'm not very good at preparing for the holiday season, even though I enjoy the holidays very much.
Last night, I continued to avoid worrying about Christmas shopping and instead went to see The Hobbit with my boyfriend and our friend on premiere night! I really enjoyed it. It was much more whimsical and kid-friendly than the Lord of the Rings movies, which is good since The Hobbit was written as a children's book. There were plenty of references and nods to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, too, for those movie-goers expecting more of the same, from recurring characters, recurring locations, and recurring musical scores.
Many scenes played out exactly the way they occurred in the book, word for word, while other scenes were altered slightly or added in from lore taken from The Silmarillion in order to provide some background to certain events. I thought that was kind of cool, and also kind of necessary since they plan to make three full-length films out of the one book. I thought the scene with the mountain giants, in particular, was really neat, as I was never quite sure how to imagine what a mountain giant would look like. I also thoroughly enjoyed the scene with Gollum; it was perfectly creepy and simultaneously hilarious.
I thought Martin Freeman was perfect for the role of Bilbo Baggins. He's wonderful at acting confused and out of place, trying to get his bearings on the situation, which is exactly how Bilbo tends to behave throughout most of the story. The dwarves were OK for the most part. I wish they had spent some time identifying each one, because I could only place a name to about half of them, but I understand it's difficult due to the sheer number of them, and only about half of them are even very important in the book. I liked Balin the most out of the dwarves, mostly because his beard is goddamn glorious, but also he just seemed like the kindest out of the bunch. I was disappointed in how they portrayed Thorin Oakenshield though; he's supposed to have the longest beard out of all the dwarves, one which he could tuck into his belt, but instead they gave him the shortest? What's that about?
Balin: winner of Best Beard 2012.
The length of Thorin's beard was probably my only complaint about the movie though, so that's good. I highly recommend it, especially if you were a fan of the Lord of the Rings. Just remember that it was originally written as a children's book, so it's not going to be as serious as Frodo's adventure. The character's motives are all rather shallow, and the story provides some very basic morals such as fitting in and finding a place to call home, but that's sort of the point. It's a charming, humorous adventure with some thrills along the way. I can't wait for the next movie!