Movie Review: The Hobbit


The Hobbit
Release Date: December 14th, 2012
Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen
Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters 


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A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.




Review

Being a big fan of the Lord of the Rings films, I didn't know what I should expect out of The Hobbit. My favorite characters from the trilogy would be nowhere in sight and I knew I would have to fall in love with new characters all over again. I've read the The Hobbit but in 4th grade for school, so I remember only a few scenes.

What can I say about The Hobbit? It wasn't without its imperfections, but for the most part it was a great adventure and a classic film during the Holidays. Bilbo Baggins is the protagonist played by Martin Freeman (Sherlock). He was superb as the halfling hero! One of the major upsides to the movie was how much I was rooting for him.

Instead of the mixed bag of characters in Lord of the Rings, the prequel sticks to a core group of dwarves. I also loved them! You have the hot dwarves in Kili and Fili, the foolish dwarf, the old-wise dwarf, and then the leader--Thoren.

Thoren was the surprise breakout for me. He was badass and a reason I'll be seeing the next movie. One of the great aspects of the movie was how easy the plot was to understand. Sometimes fantasies get weighed down by too many characters and places and I just get confused. No confusion in sight this time!

Now onto the downfalls...

The movie is very slow in parts, and I know this is because the book is being split into THREE movies! I think this is a bad choice, and a choice just to pump out as much money from one book as they can. It's no doubt going to make the movies slow.

The Hobbit is a journey, not an epic like Lord of the Rings. As a result, it doesn't feel as...well...epic as the trilogy. We only follow one group of people and their journey doesn't effect many other people in Middle Earth besides the dwarves who try to claim their homeland back. It kind of fell flat in this sense. (And poses the argument again that the book shouldn't be split).

Overall...a solid adventure with some flaws. Love all the new characters and the return of the old ones (hey, Gandalf!) I would recommend this for anyone looking for a movie to see this holiday!

5 comments:

  1. I loved The Hobbit. It came by so fast for me. And I love Thorin. Richard Armitage is so handsome. I think two parts would have been sufficient for the book to be made into a movie, but definitely not one. There's too much in the book to cram into one movie, and plus they are adding extra materials from the appendices. Trying to split the movie into three parts might be a stretch, but I'm still really excited for the rest of the movie. There's definitely going to be a lot more action happening. :D

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  2. I really enjoyed this one! Although I do believe that they are stretching the story a bit too much. Even though the dwarves were hella-funny to watch, the story dragged a bit. Either way, I'm excited for the movies to come! I really want to see The Hobbit again but I'm going to wait until it's released on DVD.

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