December 21, 2012
The film of the Hobbit. Finally. After much production nonsense. It's three films, it's by Peter Jackson and you can see it in not only 3D but 3D and 48fps. I saw it in 2D. Why give yourself a headache?
I know it's been thirty years since I read the Hobbit but I didn't actually remember most of what happened in the film, so I can't comment on how accurate the film is to the book. I think in my head The Hobbit blurs with The Fellowship Of The Ring.
It looks, well, like The Lord Of The Rings films. It has more aerial shots than a Brian Cox documentary. Bizzarely it has songs too. I mean really, songs! I always skipped the poems in Tolkien's work, TLDR;
The long, ponderous beginning to the film is saved from being walk-out-slow by a teasing glimpse of Smaug the dragon and a wonderful comic performance from Martin Freeman, in conjunction with Ian McKellan as Gandalf it's quite witty. But a bit slow. Then when the action starts it looks like a video-game. I wish I could say that CGI has improved in the last ten years but the moments when the characters were CGI stood out like a sore thumb and didn't look real. Even Gollum, although the acting by Andy Serkis was brilliant and his interaction with Mart Freeman impressive. Also worth a mention was the guy from Spooks, Richard Armitage, as Thorin the Dwarf Prince (all hard and Scottish), Hugo Weaving who I still keep waiting to say "Mr. Anderson" and James Nesbitt who appears to be dressed up as Dave Grohl.
Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Hobbits, Goblins, Wizards. You know Tolkien stuff. It reminds me that Tolkien was extremely tedious at times. I just don't care about the world building or the history of the swords or that thingy was born from the line of you know who, or whatever. The golden age of Tolkien was when I was nine and ten and read his stuff, nowadays it leaves me cold.
The Hobbit isn't terrible, but it's not amazing either. If you're a Tolkien fan you'll probably love it. To me it was just another big budget fantasy film.