Friday, January 4, 2013

Nothing New Journey: A Movie Review of the Hobbit

May Contain Spoilers and Harsh Words.

Fili and Kili
I went to watch the Hobbit and ended up watching the Lord of the Rings again. Certain scenes remained me so much of the first trilogy by Peter Jackson I thought for a second I came to the wrong movie. A shout out is fine but not key moments of the films. Since I never read any of the books, I can’t say if this is Peter Jackson’s doing or how J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the book. My gut tells me probably more of Jackson’s doing than Tolkien’s.

The best and worst part of making another film in vain of the first ones: trying something different.  Jackson’s use of 48 frames per second is technology wise great but at times the crisp, clear images make it cheap and at times blurry.  Films are normally done in 24 frames per second which is great on the eyes. It will take your eyes a few minutes to adjust during the opening scene. And you will notice the blurriness as the camera pans through cities and towns. Please note filmmakers I pay not to watch such scenes in my movies.

In the history of fantasy dwarves, I believe Fili and Kili are the hottest one’s ever. Peter you scored points in my book for that alone. (But you are not forgiven for the other things you did.) Overall the new and old characters were a delight to see for the first time and to see again. Martin Freeman is a great Bilbo portraying his doubt and want for adventure very well. I can’t forget Sir Ian McKellen reprising his role as Gandalf.

In the end if you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings films, this movie might be right for you if you overlook the similarities with the first set of films. I can’t dismiss those similarities and can only wonder if someone else had directed the films it would had been different. My biggest concern is how they made three movies when originally they said two movies only. I fear one of the last films will be filled with fluff to milk it for everything they can get. I rather it is less fluff and a good story line. I will keep my mind open for the next two Decembers and hopes the filmmakers will prove me wrong. And of course earn my Get Glue stickers.

Disagree? Agree? Or wish to add something else? Leave a comment and let me know. 


Sasha Summers said...

I agree completely. There were far too many allusions to the LOR trilogy that weren't part of the Hobbit and I found it distracting.

Marilyn Muñiz said...

It's good to know it wasn't just me.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm a huge Martin Freeman fan and would watch this movie because of him. I did see 2 of the LOTR films, my sons are huge fans, and liked them very much. I think that's what is so wonderful about the books, you don't necessarily know you're a fan until the films come out. Now I've got the books on my list of ones to read.

I finally read War and Peace after 30+ years saying I would.

Happy New Year, Marilyn!

Marilyn Muñiz said...

Happy New Year to you too!

I became a fan of Martin Freeman after watching BBC's Sherlock. An added bonus for me while watching this film.

I tried to read the LOTR books but I can't get past all the information Tolkien gives about Middleearth. Maybe one day I will be able to.

Anonymous said...

thanks for share.

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