a very expected journey to see an unexpected one

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Yup, it finally happened.

I am pretty sure all other bona fide Tolkien/Peter Jackson fans will say that I am truly not one of them because I waited until after opening weekend to watch the much anticipated Hobbit movie. But I suppose I've outgrown the thrill of waiting in line at midnight, plus, most of the time, I'm already sleeping at that time, the old lady that I'm shaping up to be. But that's for another blog post.

Last night, I skipped my merry butt to the theater, eager, anxious, curious to see how Jackson would make a trilogy out of such a skimpy children's book. I've decided that book-wise, The Hobbit isn't my favorite Tolkien. It's charming and cute, but ultimately not for me. Give me Elvish poems! Give me history! Give me appendices! The movie, likewise, is not my favorite Tolkien/Jackson. Don't get me wrong-- I enjoyed it IMMENSELY, but the parts I enjoyed the most were the orc battles, the chase scenes, and being able to recognize bits of music from the previous symphonies.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how the dwarves ended up looking, and how varied they all were from each other. And though I've been religiously following Jackson's podcasts of the film, it was still a nice surprise to see how it all looked in the end in the movie. There was a lot of crochet going on with their costumes, as well as hair. But there are a couple of young hot dwarves in the mix, too. Yes, I said it-- hot dwarves.

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Speaking of hot, Cate Blanchett looked immaculate as Galadriel. Her costumes were just plain gorgeous, and the shots taken of her were stunning. I swear, the woman doesn't age! Also, I thought they did a great job in making Elrond/ Hugo Weaving look more youthful by doing away with the robes that he wore in the LotR trilogy, and adorning him with some sleek, fitted trousers.

Jackon makes a point of connecting The Hobbit  to the Lord of the Rings perhaps to pander to fans or to hook those who aren't familiar with the books. For me, some of those scenes dragged on way too long. The beginning was an especially slow part, and I was relieved when the company all finally left the Shire.

For those who watched the LotR movies, there are a lot of familiar faces in The Hobbit, and it was interesting analysing how they'd changed in perspective and behavior between these two story lines.  Hours of conversation, people. Hours.

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I don't want to spoil the movie for those of you who plan on seeing it in the future, so I'll stop here. Even though it wasn't my favorite, I am sure I'll end up watching it multiple times until the next part comes out and even after that. What can I say? I'm weak for anything Middle Earth.

Have you seen The Hobbit? What are your thoughts? 

24 comments:

  1. Uh oh the Hobbit! My boyfriend has been trying to get me to go see this but I never really got into the LOTR movies. I may just have to go see it with him though it sounds pretty cool.

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  2. i saw it this weekend and thought it was only ok but the visuals were amazing! Movie wise, I do think LOTRs were better. I cannot believe they are making 3 movies out of this book, they would have been better off with two.

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  3. Oh dear, I'm a huge, huge Tolkien freak, but Peter Jackson makes me terribly ragey. (The Fellowship wasn't bad, but it went so downhill after that, I just want to beat that man with a frozen wiffle bat for what he did to the books.) I'm still really undecided if I'm going to go see his version, The Hobbit is my all time favorite book(beats the trilogy for me, that book was like my Bible.) I've been watching the trailers, reading the interviews and watching the podcasts and I'm just really disappointed from what I've seen, I was holding out for Guillermo del Toro to direct! (ooooh, the nerdy, fangirliness of it all.) So sorry, so a Tolkien freak, I guess I really shouldn't judge until i do see it!

    Design-wise though, the movies were gorgeous, I'll give Jackson that.

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  4. I would have to agree with you on all counts. I was very thrown by the almost Disney-esque quality in the opening scenes where the Dwarves were doing sing alongs. I warmed up to the movie about 1/3rd the way through. I felt like this was probably the best utilization of 3D technology I've seen so far. At first, I wasn't sure I liked the visual effects but as the movie progressed (essentially when Cate Blanchett got on the screen because she's amazing) I settled into it. Overall, I was glad to have seen the movie but it wasn't comparable to LotR for me. I'm looking forward to the next segments.

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  5. I haven't seen The Hobbit, but plan to soon. We are huge LOTR fans! We have probably seen all of them at least a hundred times :)

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  6. I'm going this weekend...the Hobbit is also definitely not my favorite (I'm a Silmarillion fan) but I'm sure I'll wind up watching this one multiple times. Yeah, I'm a dork like that!

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  7. WOw, I'm going to see it on thursday, hope you liked it!

    XOXO, Collage Minimalista

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  8. I haven't seen it yet, but the hubby loves LOTR, so I know we'll be going over the next couple of weeks most likely!

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  9. I agree - mixed feelings! But I still liked it. Of course. And oh yes, young hot dwarves! Although Thorin wasn't dwarfish enough for me.

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  10. I saw it the day it came out (our company rented it out) and was pretty impressed. My only major complaint is all the extra fight scenes-completely unnecessary! It did NOT have to be three hours long. And I agree Galadriel looked amazing-Cate Blanchett ages at the rate of an elf! Her dress was amaaaaazing


    xx
    Sophisticated Lace

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  11. I haven't seen it yet, but the book wasn't my favorite. It dragged out way too long for me without a lot of depth to the characters, so I'm not sure how much I'll enjoy the movie. I think making it a trilogy is definitely a stretch.

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  12. We saw it with friends this weekend, and we all enjoyed it. I've never read The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings books (I know, I know), but I still enjoyed the film. It was beautifully done, and very entertaining.


    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  13. I loved it! I love how he's combining the stories. I try not to get all caught up in the details and whether things are represented enough or meet what I think should look like. It's movie and I was entertained!

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  14. Haven't seen Hobbit, but I guess I'll end up renting it and watching it on my own sofa next year :D I'm so lazy when it comes to going to movies - and it's quite expensive here. ♥

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  15. I kind of want to see this, kind of not. The Hobbit isn't my favorite Tolkien either and I don't think it would be my favorite Tolkien movie. LOTR has a very special place in my heart

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  16. I've seen the movie but I haven't read the book. I really liked it and it may have something to do with the fact that I'm not a hardcore Tolkien fan. I do agree with you that there were some parts that were a bit dragging.

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  17. omgggg i really want to see this!! hehe

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  18. Ooh, I haven't gotten a chance to watch this yet. Look great!

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  19. I confess, I am not a bona fide Tolkien fan. I have only ever read The Hobbit, though, I think now I will move the LOTR books up on my "to read" list. That said, I did enjoy this flick! I was a little unsure of how well it could be adapted into three segments, but I feel like, and especially for fans like me, that weaving it with Tolkien's supplemental material was a good move and very helpful.

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  20. I also went to see this movie the day it came out and it definitely exceeded my expectations! I thought it was great! :) Thanks for a great blog!

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  21. I need to see that picture !
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  22. Although, yes not the all time Tolkien favourite, I've read it. Finally saw the film and liked it! And I'm a Tolkien fan. My co-worker just bought some book about the costumes and storyboards of the complete tale, it was all very interesting. Hope you have a wonderful holiday. /Madison

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  23. Hobbit was one of the first ever books I read on my own so it's a very special book for me. I felt worried going there as if I might loose the part of it or find it not interesting. It felt to me like they made Hobbit more for big babies like I am. I loved the battles a lot and have to admit enjoyed hot dwarves. In general I loved the movie but still have an issue with Radagast (I guess Jackson is making me feel sad about Radagast no matter what he does actually)

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