Post from 14 Dec 2012:
Today is 14 December 2012 and this is a very important date for us Tolkien fans. Many of us have waited years for ‘The Hobbit’, since the final instalment of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King‘ in 2003. 8 years later, ‘The Hobbit’ has turned into a trilogy and the first of the 3, ‘An Unexpected Journey’, comes out today… and I’m so glad I bought advanced tickets a month ago! 😀
I’m looking forward to seeing our favourite LOTR cast again, as well as the new ‘Hobbit’ cast, such as the dwarves and our younger Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman (aka Dr John Watson in BBC’s Sherlock)!
As mentioned in my previous post I went to see ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ on Friday, 14 December.
I know there were many who saw it in 2D, which is how, I imagine, I’ll have to see it in when the Blu-ray is released next year. I was glad to see it in AVX (audio visual experience) 3D, which made me feel as if I had been transported to Middle Earth. That’s how real it felt. Only, sometimes it felt too real that I started to feel a bit dizzy (and we were sitting in the back too!). Then again, I don’t know if that’s because the film was filmed in 48 fps (vs the normal 24 fps)… Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about filmography so I can’t elaborate or critique properly. All I know is that I had to tell my brain to get used to it. Eventually, I seemed to have adjusted to the frame settings or perhaps it changed towards the middle or end (did it?).
This is what I’d been thinking whilst watching the movie:
- Frodo (Elijah Wood)! Your voice has deepened…
- Gandalf (I mean Ian McKellen), glad you’re still the same. 🙂
- Who knew there could be good-looking dwarves like Thorin (Richard Armitage)?
- My, my, Thranduil (Lee Pace)! I seewhereLegolas gets his good looks from!
- Why are the orcs bigger and scarier? 😐
Answer: All computer-generated. Still scarier. :S
- Hmm… these ogre/orc/goblin ‘funny’ fight scenes seem to be catered to kids… Was rather lame. :/
- Hey, Bilbo’s dagger-sword Sting isn’t glowing blue and there are orcs near him! (There were a few times when it didn’t glow blue when it should have…)
- Ah Rivendell/Imladris! I want to live in that peaceful place!
- Hugo Weaving (Elrond), you haven’t aged a bit!
- Cate Blanchett (Galadriel)! How do you stay so young?
- Christopher Lee, we are glad you could make it for ‘The Hobbit’toplaySaruman once more. 🙂
- Aww poorGollum. You’re still cute as ever and I still feel sorry for you. Especially in the scene where you can’t figure out what happened to Bilbo.
- Well done Martin Freeman! Great job as younger Bilbo! 🙂
This nearly 3 hour-long movie only reminded us that the journey is not yet over and there are still 2 more to go… which means we shall not be ‘satisfied’ until December 2015. We know that Peter Jackson took out a lot of the story so far and we also know that he’ll be adding in a new female non-Tolkien elf (
Why?! Hasn’t Tolkien enough characters already? Do we really need her? What’s the purpose of this? Will she ruin ‘The Hobbit’? rant). Tauriel is essential, apparently, because there aren’t enough female characters in the film (Oh Lord! -_- As a woman I don’t mind and not because of some silly reason like I prefer to see good-looking men on-screen). So the question is, will it matter? I’ve enjoyed the first installment of ‘The Hobbit’ so far though it’s not quite what I had expected. I’m wishing that the non-Tolkien character will be erased from the next 2 films (please!) but that most likely won’t happen. 🙁
On the other hand, I did enjoy the soundtrack. 🙂 My brother was so thoughtful to give me the special edition soundtrack (32 tracks!) for Christmas, thinking I was probably going to buy it so he better beat me to it. We don’t really do Christmas shopping / gift exchanges and when we do, it’s rare, so this was certainly an unexpected delight for me! I immediately played Misty Mountains (film) and The Song of the Lonely Mountain by Neil Finn (credits) over and over again. I’ve listened to a few other tracks since then and I enjoy how Howard Shore used some familiar LOTR themes in the new score.
What did you think of the movie? Are you looking forward to the next 2 movies? Do you think ‘The Hobbit’ should have been shortened to 1 or 2 movie(s)?