Film: The Hobbit

I went to see The Hobbit two days ago, which, as I realise, was long after the rest of the world had seen it. But, as I said before, I’m not the run to the cinema to catch the film before it’s even released kind of person. Nonetheless, as I’ve watched the rest of Peter Jackson’s masterworks at the cinema, I thought it best to continue this tradition. First off, I will have to admit that I have not read any of JRR Tolkein’s books all the way through, the first few pages were more than enough to persuade me otherwise.

I have to say, I thought the film started all too slowly. There were way too many scenes of dwarves eating, drinking, and being merry for the beginning of an epic adventure trilogy. My attention got kind of lost in the first half an hour, and I found myself yawning a couple of times (this was not a late showing). But, as the pack set of, in similar fashion to the fellowship in LOTR, the storyline finally got going – I was finally intrigued, sitting upright, and paying attention.

This film, and indeed, I expect this trilogy, set forward a familiar feel, some familiar faces, and a whole host of different beasts that I had become accustomed to having seen the LOTR more times than perhaps is cool to admit…

The scenery, as always, is amazing enough to want to watch this. And, although I will try not to give away too much, it was nice to see some characters, who I had far before deemed evil, pick up a role in which they are on the side of good (no, I’m not talking about Saruman at all…). The Star Wars-esque stuff of trying to forget the future so you can focus on the past, is not too difficult in this film. I’m not sure why that is, I just found this really easy to follow.

Martin Freeman is well deserving of the role of the young Bilbo Baggins. I’ve come to admire him as an actor, especially since his successful enactment of Dr Watson. My secondary school English Literature teacher actually taught Martin Freeman as well, which means, by proxy, that is my claim to fame.

My other half is not a fan of Lord of The Rings, and as I believe, has never seen any of the films all the way through, so this will need to be rectified immediately (especially after having to frustratingly explain that Gandalf is not Dumbledore, and that they come from two completely different film franchises).

I am looking forward to the next two instalments and to the LOTR marathon I have been promised this weekend.

5/5

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