Two days, two movies. Let’s start with The Hobbit, which I didn’t enjoy quite as much as I expected to. Yes, you read that right. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy The Hobbit at all, it’s just that I enjoyed Looper more. Now I suggest people read on before they crucify me.
Let me say straight up front that I haven’t read The Hobbit. I was about 9 years old when I tried to read Lord of the Rings (LotR) and it bored me to tears. I probably should have read The Hobbit first, but for some reason the librarian recommended that I started with LotR (probably because I had a very advanced reading level for that age). And it’s not like I couldn’t understand it. I could read Tolkien quite fine, but I found his style to be very boring when I was younger.
Fast forward more than a few years, and I quite enjoyed the original LotR movie trilogy. I had pretty high hopes for The Hobbit, and most of them were met.
The Hobbit has great production values. The sets, makeup, and effects all look bloody fantastic! Considering how much was without a doubt spent on this film, I would have been surprised if anything looked bad.
The acting is also all top notch, which is again not surprising considering the names attached to this movie. We have heavy hitters like Ian McKellin, Hugo Weaving, and Cate Blanchett. And let’s not forget our dear Gollum, whose performance is reprised by Andy Serkiss.
Despite the fact that the movie clocks in at almost three hours, The Hobbit never feels that long. There are a few scenes which are a bit drawn out, but you do get sucked into the world of the movie and before you know it, part one (yes, part one) of The Hobbit is over. The pacing towards the end of this movie is also quite frenetic, and as one of the characters points out, it seems to be a consistent case of “out of the frying pan and into the fire”.
Now, before you continue, what I am about to criticise this movie about may be considered a minor spoiler, so please skip to the bold writing after this section if you wish to.
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Ok, maybe it was just me, but a lot of the danger is defused in this movie because of one simple thing: Gandalf. Whenever the group looks like they’re about to actually come to a grisly end, Gandalf pops up to save the day. There’s only one really bad situation where Gandalf doesn’t miraculously appear, and even then, he provides a solution to their problem.
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Movie Rating: The Hobbit is a grand rollercoaster ride with some really great moments, but there’s surprisingly little tension in it towards the end. I hope part 2 does a better job of this, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. It’s definitely worth watching once, if only to enjoy the ride.