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The Hobbit, In Brief

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, TV Dec 14 2012 · 152 views

Honestly, there's so much I could say about the Hobbit, both good and bad.  But I'm really not in the mood to write all about it, so I'll keep it short.
 
It does a good job of keeping the feel from the LotR movies, but it also seems to be lacking some of the majesty.  This may just be because it's the first; after all, Fellowship was arguably the worst of the three LotR movies.  (And it was still pretty good.)  The same here.
 
It's also different because they're including so much.  In LotRs, they had to take out so much stuff just to fit it into the 3 movies, but the Hobbit is one book being spread out over three movies, so they have room to add in new stuff.  On one hand, I can appreciate it and I always love seeing more of Middle Earth.  On the other hand... c'mon, drawing the Hobbit out into three movies?  Now we have to wait even longer for it to conclude!
 
One thing that bugged me; it was shot in 48 FPS (Frames Per Second) instead of the standard 24.  But while others claimed it felt more realistic, it seemed too jumpy and quick in places for me.  Not the plot movement or whatever; the physical movements on the screen just felt off!  Like everything was in fast forward.  It cut down on the enjoyability for me anyway.  :(
 
But all the same... I like the bits of plot they added in from the books.  The characters seem far more real now, especially the dwarves, who I never really connected with in the Book.  And Gandalf war arguably cooler in this movie than the previous LotR ones.  And there was lots of epic scenery of Middle Earth New Zealand to enjoy.  So if you haven't already, go see it.  (But I'm not sure if I would recommend a midnight showing again... waaaaaaaay too crowded.  It would've probably been more fun to go with friends, but since I have none... year, should've just waited a day.)
 
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Vorahk1Panrahk2
Dec 14 2012 08:29 PM

"This may just be because it's the first; after all, Fellowship was arguably the worst of the three LotR movies.  (And it was still pretty good.)"

 

I think there's actually a lot of people who would argue with you about that. :P Why do you think it's the worst?

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Toa Nidhiki05
Dec 14 2012 08:42 PM

I haven't seen the film yet but I will note the series is planned to feature more than just the base Hobbit book; it will apparently link it to LOTR and incorporate other Tolkien stories to do so.

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"This may just be because it's the first; after all, Fellowship was arguably the worst of the three LotR movies.  (And it was still pretty good.)"

 

I think there's actually a lot of people who would argue with you about that. :P Why do you think it's the worst?

 

Because the other two were so epic!!

 

I mean, it had the job of introducing everything, and the first half focused very much on the Hobbits and wasn't quite as exciting as the big battles later on.  But in no way am I suggesting it's a bad movie; the fight scenes in Moria are some of my favorite out of all the movies.

 

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You should have just waited until the afternoon. I left work a little early and saw it at 3:15PM at an IMAX. There were maybe forty people there and I had no problem getting a good seat with no one sitting next to me on either side.
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Vorahk1Panrahk2
Dec 15 2012 02:07 AM

 

 

"This may just be because it's the first; after all, Fellowship was arguably the worst of the three LotR movies.  (And it was still pretty good.)"

 

I think there's actually a lot of people who would argue with you about that. :P Why do you think it's the worst?

 

"Because the other two were so epic!!

 

I mean, it had the job of introducing everything, and the first half focused very much on the Hobbits and wasn't quite as exciting as the big battles later on.  But in no way am I suggesting it's a bad movie; the fight scenes in Moria are some of my favorite out of all the movies."

 

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Oh, I totally get what your meaning is with regards to 'worst.' Interestingly enough, your reasons for preferring the sequels are the reason I like them (or at least Two Towers) "less" than Fellowship. I think I'm in the minority of viewers who found the battle of Helm's Deep to be... boring. I found the climax of the first film to be much more interesting to watch. It just seemed more personal for the characters.

 

But to each their own. Regardless, I think they're all masterpieces and eagerly look forward to The Hobbit, even if the critical reception has been lukewarm at best.

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