I’ve been quite lucky over the past few weeks to get to visit the cinema twice. I don’t usually go that often, so it’s quite exciting when I do. This time, I got to go and see The Hobbit, thankfully in 2D, so my poor head didn’t have to cope with a nearly 3 hour film in 3D.
So I finally got to see The Hobbit. It was a little slow to start with, I felt like the prelude with the old Bilbo Baggins and Frodo was a little more drawn out than it needed to be, especially when the film pushes 3 hours, it wouldn’t have needed the extra addition at the start because it would have been a lengthy film without it.
However, having said that I didn’t feel like the rest of the film was drawn out which is surprising to say it’s only covering 6 chapters. It was very enjoyable to find that I wasn’t bored and particularly when things got into the motions when Bilbo Baggins became Martin Freeman, I enjoyed the film much more and I found his character delightful as Bilbo. I didn’t really connect with him in the Lord of the Rings, probably because of his very small part, but I think my love of Martin Freeman who prayed Bilbo brilliantly really added the connection to the story.
It made me laugh when all the dwarves began invading on his house and stealing his food. I found that the humour that has always been present in Lord of the Rings, maybe at a slightly darker tone was still in The Hobbit and it was in no way childish which could have been a danger with The Hobbit as the origins of a children’s book. I think the banter and camaraderie between the dwarves was really brilliant and we connected with them as a bunch of friends that were trying to get their home back. Then Bilbo thrown into the midst of things really changed it and I liked the development of him moving to be part of the dwarves which brought a very touching element to the story that’s full of action we had the emotional aspect too which is always good.
My favourite character was Kili who was played by Aidan Turner. He stared in one of my favourite TV series, Being Human and I was rather gutted when he left. So seeing him in the Hobbit and his light, rather humorous character that along with his twin Fili brought a great dynamic to the story.
I can’t wait to see more of him in the future Hobbit films and I’m excited to know that he’s staring in The Mortal Instruments film too so I shall certainly be getting my fill of Aidan Turner. It helps that he’s got this very ruggedly handsome look too, even as a dwarf.
Another aspect that I really adored of The Hobbit were the visual landscapes of New Zealand which are absolutely stunning and really make me want to go visit New Zealand because of how beautiful it looks. I think The Hobbit having less crammed into one film gave us more opportunity to view these beautiful landscapes with the widescreen panning across the landscapes and appreciation for beauty definitely added another level to The Hobbit because it drew away from the action battle-scenes to something a little slower and I think these smooth scenes really helped to keep a constant changing pace throughout The Hobbit that made it engaging and moving in pace.
We also had the return of Gandalf from Ian McKellen who I can’t help but love. He always plays a fantastically wise and rather bizarre wizard that you never fully grasp, but I love this illusion about his character. Then we have the creepy Gollum who always manages to make you shiver a little with his crazed behaviour and laugh. I think his scenes were the most I laughed throughout the films and I very much liked the return of him. Although you could definitely see the visual enhancements of his character when we first saw Gollum as the CGI character in the Lord of the Rings and it was so much better I have to say. Although elements of The Hobbit were slightly over the top with CGI I felt in certain places, but with such a fantasy film with mythical creatures, it’s hard not to enter into the realms of extensive CGI.
In addition two of the other dwarves Thorin and Bofur were two of my favourite actors. Thorin being Richard Armitage who stared in the BBC Robin Hood as Guy and Bofur being James Nesbitt who brought some fantastic humour to the role in contrast to Thorin’s very brooding character. Richard Armitage played a very strong role as Thorin and I can’t wait to see all the role reprisals from these guys in the next two films.
Overall I really enjoyed The Hobbit and the return to Middle Earth after such a lengthy break. Peter Jackson managed to excel himself as always and hopefully the next two Hobbit films will be just as brilliant. If you haven’t seen The Hobbit I suggest you take the time to go and see it now.
Check out Alisa Selene’s thoughts on book to movie adaption over at Picture Me Reading here!