Through the Eyes of a Nerd: The Hobbit

Through the Eyes of a Nerd

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.

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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.

The-Hobbit-An-Unexpected--010It 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.

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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.

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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!

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22 responses to “Through the Eyes of a Nerd: The Hobbit

  1. I’m glad you liked this too! I know a lot of people have had concerns about the length and it being split up into separate films, but I agree that it didn’t feel too drawn out. Great movie review, Livvy!

  2. Great review! I saw this one over the weekend too! I’ll be reviewing it tomorrow. Glad you liked it so much! I heartily agree! Loved it! 😀

  3. YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed this movie, Olivia! It became a favorite of mine and I definitely cannot wait for the sequel now! 🙂 Plus, like you said, it never felt like a three hour film, which is such a huge testament to Peter Jackson’s directing skills. Great movie review!(:

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Thank you! I’m excited too for the sequel. Only November or whenever to wait until. haha. He’s such a great director! 🙂

  4. Wonderful Review Olivia! I agree with everything you’ve said. This was the first time I’ve seen Aidan Turner, but I have another friend who absolutely adores him and she’s excited for the Mortal Instruments movie too. Richard Armitage is a brilliant actor. My Aidan Turner loving friend is also a Richard Armitage fan and we’ve been watching his appearance on the show Spooks. He is so awesome in that. He was great in North and South as well. I don’t think I would have trusted another director with The Hobbit, but Peter Jackson outdid himself as far as I’m concerned :).

    Once again Great review!

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Thanks. Oh gosh, how can you have missed Aidan Turner?! haha. I have marvellous love for the guy. I can’t wait to see more of him. There’s just something gorgeous about all his dark hair. haha.
      Ahhh, I never watched Spooks. Richard Armitage was great in Robin Hood for the BBC if you ever manage to get that. You can get more Richard Armitage there.
      He did, have to agree with you about Jackson! 🙂

      • Believe me I know lol. I always seem to miss out on British attractive actors lol. Ahahah I wish you could meet my friend. You two would get along splendidly. I haven’t seen Robin Hood, but again my friend saw it and she of course loved it.

        It was hilarious/awesome when she did this “three days of Haley” where she would give me something Richard Armitage. So the first day was this Thorin Oakenshield Wallpaper that said Happy Birthday, the second was Lucas North (his character in Spooks), then the third was a Wallpaper of him in a Suit and the other one was a site with all this Richard Armitage wallpaper from all the things he’s been in. It was the best birthday present lol.

        Have you watched North And South? Oh he was wonderful in it.

        • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

          Yes, there are quite a few attractive British actors. Sounds like we would.
          I missed the last ever episode of Robin Hood, I couldn’t believe it. I was gutted! Still, brill though.
          haha. That sounds very fun! 🙂
          No, I never saw North and South. Haven’t heard of it until now.

        • If you ever come to Canada, make sure to stop by Toronto :).

          Can you watch the last episode of Robin Hood online? It might even be up on youtube. I HIGHLY recommend North and South. Think Pride and Prejudice, but in Industrial England. The story is beautiful and all the episodes are up on youtube fully :). So you should watch them when you have a bit of free time.

        • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

          Okay! Do you live in Canada? I never knew this.
          Maybe somewhere, I’m just lazy.
          Oooh, well I shall definitely have to find that free time that just wanders of down the drain somewhere *searches around despairingly* and watch North and South! 🙂

        • Yup! I do live in Canada, I was born in England though lol.

          Ahaha you do need to find that free time, but I understand that it might be hard with A/Levels and School work. If you can find four hours of free time I can promise you North and South will not be a waste ;).

        • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

          Ahhh right. LOL.

          Is it just four hours? Not that long then. Yes, working incredibly hard. I need my grades to get into Uni and hopefully try and get a scholarship, but who knows.

  5. Great review! I love Aidan Turner as well! I kept thinking..it’s weird that I think that Dwarf is so cute and I didn’t connect the dots until later that it was the guy from Being Human LOL

  6. The fact that this is 3 hours long really put me off, but if you really enjoyed it, then I might have to go see it!

  7. Oh I loved this one! I went into it expecting really padded out and drawn out scenes, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it was done. Loved the casting, especially Martin Freeman!

  8. The Hobbit was one of the movies I saw over the Holidays, and the only one I was glad to have paid to see in the theater. I really liked it even if some of the constant spanning of the scenery gave me a headache (which was too bad, because as you said the setting was gorgeous). I loved Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage, I thought they were both awesome in their respective parts.

    • Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

      Yes, I can see why that would give you a headache, but thankfully I was okay with it. If I’d seen it in 3D I fear it would have killed me!
      Yes,they were certainly awesome in their parts! 🙂

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