We’ve been going on about the Hobbit a bit. Mostly about how we didn’t get to see it till Boxing Day…
Well, we saw it! And it was brilliant.
And in 3D, which I’ve never seen a 3D movie before, so that was kind of cool (and weird because I already wear glasses.) But Cait will expand more on that. I also went in costume (elf — the only dress I had) which was fun, but weird, because I was the only person who did, at least for our showing. The previous showing had two people in costume, so I didn’t feel like such a freak after that.
As for the movie itself! It was brilliant. My mum read outloud The Hobbit about a year ago, so I couldn’t remember all the details, but knew mostly what would be coming when. But the whole movie explained itself pretty clearly, and the most confusing part was figuring out which dwarf was which. I can name all 13, but I can’t put names to the faces with all of them. But confusion of which one is that? didn’t dampen my enthusiasm. It was great! It was also pretty cool knowing what would happen while cait did not… (“I actually know something you don’t? This must be how you feel all the time…except for now, of course.” Sorry. That would be a quote from Riley in National Treasure. What? It fit.)
Gollum was creepy. I don’t know if it was just the 3D, but I’d say Gollum just gets creepier. I mean, he’s heavily schizophrenic and bipolar. At one point he threw a rock and it came flying out of the screen, and man, that was the best part of the movie! That and the game of riddles. Gollum just gets better and better. (“If Bagins looses, we eats it whole.” “Fair enough.”)
I loved the way the soundtrack was basically the same as the music from The Lord of the Rings. They got to Rivendell, and that was the music; the same as when the last batch of hobbits got there. The new Misty Mountains theme was new, creepy, and grand, great for differentiating, and a good reason to get the soundtrack.
The effects were great. Middle Earth just got more realistic over the past what? Ten years? (Funny that.) The Goblin tunnels were absolutely great. All red light, and chilling swinging bridges (I have to say, swinging bridges are one of my terrible terrors.) Rivendell was perfect (and I’m so glad they added in Galadriel — I like her better already.) Hobbiton was as hobbity as ever (profound, right?) The scenery was great, in general, everything was great.
I didn’t remember Radagast the Brown in the book, or the Necromancer. I don’t think they were, actually, but I don’t mind at all that it wasn’t word for word with the book. I think they did perfectly fine making it all fit. My only complaint is that we have to wait until next year for the next one. If you ask me, that’s plain cruel. I’m just glad it didn’t end with a complete cliff hanger or anything. Still, I’m having trouble figuring out what they’ll put in the third movie, if the second one is called The Desolation of Smaug. I’m sure they’ll do it somehow. I hate to say it, but Tolkien was fairly long-winded, so they’ve got more than enough subject matter.
Costumes were great, as usual, but I must end my review-epistle. (Actually, costumes were just plain awesome. So much leather and all different clothes and layers, and those poor actors who were the dwarves. How uncomfortable must that have been!) It was a brilliant movie. As great as I expected, if not better. It was great in 3D, too, even if I did flinch and blink when the burning pinecone came flying at me (It’s natural instinct, avoiding burning objects that are blazing towards your eyes… even if they are 3D projections. But that thing was coming to get me!)