Well guys, I finally went to see The Hobbit last week...and I say finally because usually when a Lord of the Rings movie comes out, I'm there like, day 1! Personally I've always been quite pleased with director Peter Jackson's take on the classic Tolkien books. As far as book-to-film adaptations it's easily one of the ones I find most satisfying. (By comparison, as much as I do love the Harry Potter films, there are some moments...that just infuriate me sometimes >.< how they'll say or do something completely the opposite of how J.K.R. wrote it...I'm especially looking at you Half-Blood Prince!) *ahem*
Anyways, back to the topic at hand...as much as I was a fan of the Lord of the Rings films, I still had some reservations about The Hobbit film. Don't get me wrong, I'd really enjoyed reading the book; it felt more whimsical than the Lord of the Rings books. By comparison, The Hobbit has more magic, more Gandalf & it has DRAGONS! But it's more than that: The Hobbit has a much more youthful tone than the LotR. I wondered how that would translate to the big screen & I grew increasingly worried with all the bad luck the film had as they were starting pre-production way back...& then my unease was compounded when director Peter Jackson announced that he would be releasing not 2 but 3 films! Anyone who's read the book knows that it is a pretty small book. especially when compared to the rest of the series I wondered if the 'extra material' Jackson spoke of, taken from additions Tolkien himself made after finishing The Lord of the Rings would be enough to fill 3- 3 hour movies.
Even still, these worries didn't stop me from wanting to check out The Hobbit as possible, so me and the boyfriend finally managed to get tickets and check it out this week and I am thrilled we didn't wait any longer! I already want to see it again :D The Hobbit was done with the exact same charm and wonder that made me LOVE the Lord of the Ring films. The story is very much expanded from the original book version but it just helped to clarify and develop what Tolkien had touched upon in the book...while doing a brilliant job of tying into The Lord of the Rings story arc!
As far as the casting goes I absolutely adored Martin Freeman as Bilbo! In the books, I'd loved his character but as much as I liked his portrayal in the LotR films, The Hobbit brought it to a whole other level. I though all of the Dwarves were really well cast too and all did brilliant jobs bringing their characters to life; especially the lead Dwarf Thorin portyrayed by Richard Armitage. Of course Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett & Hugo Weaving were their usual epic selves as Gandlaf, Lady Galadriel & Elrond respectively.
The plot was tight & it never once felt like it was long or too slow - in fact when it ended I wished I could go on and watch the other 2 upcoming films right away! I loved the extra material that expanded on the book and I appreciated how faithful most key moments were to the original material. The visual effects were stunning and I really enjoyed how well done the 3-D effects were too. All things considered, it was an amazing experience worthy of The Lord of the Rings universe. A must-see for any Tolkien fans or fans of the original trilogy of films!
9/10 rating on my IMDb profile