I loved The Hobbit! Now, I am ready for the new adventure…

I was nervous.  For many reasons.  How could Peter Jackson recapture the magic of the seminal LOTR trilogy?  Why three segments?  How can a children’s adventure story (because that is what The Hobbit is…) captivate as well as the dark, emotional journey of LOTR?  Why were some folks upset and disappointed?  So, obviously I was a bit worried.  Well, damn!  What was I worried about?  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is wonderful! (And fyi–I watched it in good-old-fashioned 2-D, just like I enjoyed the others.)

As someone who watches the LOTR trilogy on a yearly basis, I can not express how lovely it was to visit Middle Earth again.  The vistas–the colors–the music–the Orcs–Gandalf…**happy sigh**…and now we had new faces, places and creatures.  The cinematography is still gorgeous and the new score, which incorporates some LOTR themes, is beautiful.  Nothing about this film disappointed me.  I felt like I had returned to a familiar world and was being shown whole new parts of it.  How cool is that?

Jackson was the right choice.  Although the tone is more lighthearted and fun, he knows this world and its characters and his love for them shines through.  And to answer the pacing issues (I’ve heard folks complaining about)–it is necessary to set up the characters first.  You need time to absorb the atmosphere and, like Bilbo, get yourself ready.  When Bilbo cries, “I’m going on an adventure!”  You are with him–ready.  And the adventure does not leave you wanting–Orcs, Goblins, Wolf-like doggies, awesome Rock Giants! Yeah…it’s incredible.

But, the adventure would be less if not for the amazing characters that have embarked on it.  Now, I have to say that I am a huge Martin Freeman fan (hello? He is Watson!) and knew he was the perfect choice to be Bilbo Baggins.  I was 100% correct.  Freeman is Bilbo Baggins.  He is everything Bilbo should be.  Nervous, scared, curious, brave, smart, funny and kind.  It is really a treat to watch his performance.  I am sure the world will fall in love with Freeman now, too.

Sir Ian McKellen is Gandalf, the Grey and always a pleasure to watch.  Unlike the LOTR, here we get The Grey all the time and honestly, for me, I like him more than when evolves into The White, who is way more serious.  McKellen was made to play this role.  He is awesome.

And while this time around we do not get “hotness” overload in the boy department (sorry, Dwarves!) that we did for LOTR–I do find myself having a crush on Richard Armitage‘s Thorin.  Yeah…he’s hot.  :D  (Had to go there!)  But, he is also perfect in his performance.  All the Dwarves are.  At this point, you get a bit on everyone and they all fit.

Now, I must mention the best performance and one of my most anticipated returns to the screen–Gollum!  Andy Serkis is a motion-capture genius!  He needs to get a special Oscar already, because what he can do is amazing!  The team at WETA has many reasons to be proud–Gollum in the LOTR was pretty realistic and yet, here he is 100% better.  It is creepy how real he looks.  And the riddle scene is absolutely perfect.  My favorite scene.

At the end, I found myself audibly saying, “Aw, man!  That’s it?”  I immediately remembered saying the same thing after The Fellowship and thought, well done, Mr. Jackson.  Again, I am anxiously awaiting the next installment–especially to see Smaug, the Dragon! (insert happy dance)  We were already looking forward to ALL 6 films back to back!  Yes, we’re those people.   :)

So, I hope I have given you reason not to worry.  Go see The Hobbit.  I think it’s pretty awesome and I hope you will find plenty to love about it, too!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

15 thoughts on “I loved The Hobbit! Now, I am ready for the new adventure…

  1. As usual, it’s long and filled to the brim with exposition, but when it’s fun and thrilling, it makes you forget about all of the boring stuff and just enjoy yourself. Nice review.

    • Indeed! Put it all together and you get Peter Jackson epic-ness! :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

      PS–Jealous you got to see Zero Dark Thirty–will stay away until I watch it–hope it was good.

    • I think the silliness is a homage to the novel, which has the Dwarves doing plenty of silly things. Like I mentioned, The Hobbit was a children’s fantasy book that then branched off into the much darker LOTR–it will get a bit darker as the story continues and I love how they are foreshadowing to that throughout.

      I am looking forward to some Dragon action, for sure!

      Thanks for checking out my post!

    • Thanks! The time flew by for me…I wanted more! :)

      It is exciting to think how all 6 will intertwine–the music was awesome and starting to incorporate all the themes from LOTR already–that would be an a REAL marathon.

      Later! :)

  2. Glad to see you’re as enthused as I was (well, I wasnt thinking that Armitage was hot, but aside from that LOL :D) This WAS a joyous return to Middle Earth… I was really really entertained all the way through!

    I totally agree, the Riddle Game is the best scene in the movie, hands down. Too bad this is all we’ll get of Gollum in this trilogy (I’m pretty sure that’s all we see of him in the book at least :( )

    • LOL! Armitage is hot!!

      I am sad about Gollum, too. I would be interested to see if Jackson tries to add him elsewhere –but I doubt it–he respects the material too much.

      Thanks for stopping by! :D

    • That would have been awesome in my opinion. Huge Del Toro fan–Pacific Rim looks amazing!

      Yet, with Jackson you stay in familiar territory–feels like home.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. nice write up Nedi, I think some people dumping on this film most likely never read the Hobbit. The tone of the book is much different than LOTR. Its more of a children’s book and I think this film sort of reflects that. One complaint I did have was that Tolkein Dwarves are supposed to be 4.5-5′ tall.

    • Indeed. That’s my point, too. It is SUPPOSE to be lighter and “silly”–I thought it was awesome!

      Yeah–for some reason they seem bigger–I think it’s because they are 98% all the same size that it’s hard to see the difference. There are few scenes against Gandalf and the elves that you can see how small they are…but not as visual this time around.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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