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The Hobbit a very expected journey

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I'm pretty sure we are all aware of the films plot, but for those who don't “The Hobbit” is the story of Bilbo Baggins that leads up to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He gets the ring, goes on an adventure and slays a dragon with a group of Dwarfs striving to get their homeland back. This is part one of what I already see is an artificially stretched new trilogy. When the writers proposed this as a trilogy the producers should have said, “this shall not pass.”

I know I’ll be in the minority here when I say that this movie is pretty mediocre. It’s no small task to make the Hobbit into three movies and the scale of the film is not something to dismiss. I feel that the story is lackluster and forces in the comedic/cartoony aspects into a universe that doesn’t seem to need/want it. I’m sure it takes quite big feet to walk through this story, but in the end I feel it will be dwarfed by the original and more serious trilogy.

The cartoony aspects of the dwarves really hurt this film for me. There wasn’t anything this comical looking in the original trilogy and while I respect that this is a separate trilogy they are also trying really hard to connect the two, so I believe the argument to be a valid one. I doubt I’ll be able to build a fellowship of this idea, but it just doesn’t get me there and back again. The multiple musical numbers just seem so out of place when you consider the other films didn’t have any silly musical numbers. If I recall correctly, there was one song sung at the end of the third film and it was touching, not silly.

The performances are all well done for what was asked of the actors. What I mean by this is that while I can’t connect with the wizard that blows smoke out of his ears or the dwarf with the ridiculous haircut I can’t take anything away from the actors and the effort put in. There was one moment with Elrond that seemed very out of place. He was smiling a bit much for the character and it took me out of the moment. All of the returning actors reprise their roles perfectly, with the minor exception mentioned above. Andy Serkis is once again the major standout performance in the film.

The story serves its purpose, but overstays its welcome nearing the end. Peter Jackson proves that one does not simply direct a movie like this and not illustrate the scale of the story. When you take what you’ve seen in LOTR and what you thought you were going to get in this film it really proves not to be an unexpected journey.

If you were to ask me if I would put a ring on this one I would have to say no. I just don’t find it to be all that precious.



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Credits:
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro
Based on work(s) by: J.R.R. Tolkien


Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Que on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 5:56pm

Ah, the long and slow Hobbits' journey. you are not alone, Jas.

the 3+ hr movie is extremely slow pased. I was so sleepy 1 hr into the story, i almost gave up. I actually did close my eyes twice just let the drowsiness take over.

Is it me or this move has more 'songs' than all previous LOTR trilogy all add up together? I know in the book songs are the high spirits of the time, but didn't all readers fastforward the song pages in the book? how come I feel this movie is more about dwarves than Hobbits? to a point, I even ask myself, maybe the movie was named wrong.

this movie was 'beautifully' shot, and CG was 'seamless', but does change the fact it is too hard for me to enjoy. there is nothing new in the movie. It follows exactly the same path as 'LOTR - fellowship of the ring', they meet in shire, they set out to a journey, then have some challenges, they made to Rivendell, then they set out travel again. there are no new essense. the dialogue was slow, less funny, story less engaging, and my potato chip bag ran out way too fast.

all in all, no more supprises. You know you will still watched.. but don't expect to be blown away.

JAS on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 10:14am

I agree, Que. There was nothing new, many of the elements felt disjointed and for the first of three films it already felt way too long. Let's see how the even longer dvd version ends up being like.

The songs are ridiculous if you really want this film to fit in with the original trilogy.

Welcome back, Que. :)

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