And So It Begins
February 10, 2013 by Ted Hahn
The first of the three does well.
When I first saw the trailer for The Hobbit, I felt like a teenage girl at a Justin Beiber concert. Upon seeing the trailer, I nearly disintegrated from sheer excitement. Having read the book (although it was a few years ago) and being a fan of the Lord of The Rings series, I walked into the theater with very high hopes for this movie. They were exceeded. Knowing that Peter Jackson was at the helm, director of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, I was assured me that this movie would be a good one.
The Hobbit starts off with the scene just before the first Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring began and then cuts to 60 years earlier. The amazing story then begins. The Hobbit follows the exploits of a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins, who is met by the wizard Gandalf and is soon introduced to a company of 13 dwarves: Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Balin, Dwalin, Nori, Dori, Ori, Bofur, Bifur, Bombur, and their leader Thorin Oakenshield. Although this is a fairly large group, they have characteristics that set them apart from each other, such as their facial hair or other aspects of their appearance. This made the movie better because the viewer wasn’t looking at 13 of the same person; they were all different, which helped draw me into the movie more.
When I was watching the movie I was able to recall certain parts that were also in the book. The fact that The Hobbit is cut into three different movies is nice because it will be able to follow the book better; it’s a pretty long book. The Lord of The Rings movies that came before did not stick to the books as well; however, they were still excellent movies in my opinion. The movie that I saw was able to follow the book fairly well and ended with me really wanting to see what the next movie would be like.
After viewing this movie I have high hopes for the next The Hobbit movie, if the next movies can live up to the standard set by the first movie, I am sure that they will be met. Knowing what will happen in the book gives me incredibly high hopes for the third and final movie as well as the second movie. I don’t mind waiting a while for these movies to come out because of how amazing I am sure they will be.
I have very few real complaints about this movie, if any. These complaints are as follows: The movie did not follow the book down to the word and the facial hair of the dwarves made me jealous. The tears of jealousy from seeing the amazing facial hair of the dwarves waited until the end of the movie, though. The complaint I had of certain characters being in the movie wasn’t really a problem, just something I noticed while watching the movie. I wont complain much because I got to hear Christopher Lee and Hugo Weaving talk. Another piece added to the movie was Azog the Defiler. The addition of Azog added action to the movie, which otherwise there wouldn’t be much of. Although some viewers did not appreciate the addition of Azog since it “compromised” the movie by making it stick less to the book. The addition of Azog isn’t really a complaint for me; it added action to the movie, which I enjoyed.
I saw this work of art in 48 frames per second and 3-D. The 48 frames per second made this movie seem less movie-like, and more like I was actually watching the characters. Some movements seemed like they were sped up, but I don’t really have any complaints. The 3-D was a nice addition and further drew me into the movie, although there were no parts where the 3-D really stood out; it was a nice addition and helped pull me into the movie. These additions didn’t do anything to draw away from the movie by distracting the viewer with flashy special effects. Nor did the movie rely heavily on special effects or computer generated pieces to compensate for something the movie lacked, such as acting skill (which it didn’t).
In conclusion, I found this to be a very good movie and I would strongly recommend this movie to anyone who considers themselves anything on this list: Someone looking to watch a good movie, a fan of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, a fan of The Hobbit book, someone with nothing to do, or someone looking for a good fantasy movie. I have no real complaints about this movie and I would gladly pay to watch it again. Everything in the movie was great, from the acting to the CGI work.