An Unexpected Let-Down: REVIEW of The Hobbit Part 1
Here is everything that you need to know about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: bleh.
I’m a serious Tolkien fan. I’m a serious Peter Jackson fan. I love me some Lord of the Rings, both books and movies. So, duh – I went to the midnight showing of The Hobbit. That being said, what the hell happened here?
Before I get to what I didn’t like, I’ll list the few positive points about this film:
1. Martin Freeman was a great choice for Bilbo. He is excellent at playing more-than-meets-the-eye-type characters, and he played the part completely consistently with Ian Holm’s original portrayal.
2. The interactions between the three main characters (Gandalf, Bilbo, and Thorin) well established their relationships with each other (though it was about the only character development seen in the movie. I have no clue which dwarf was which).
So here come the problems:
1. It was completely unnecessary to split The Hobbit into three movies (except for the obviou$ rea$on$). However, if it MUST be done, there is really no reason to make them three hours long. Seriously? To spread a story into three movies is stretch enough. But this was almost unbearable. Nothing. Happened. There was so much filler and fluff and such an overage of random drawn-out “action” that the story was almost completely overshadowed. The only notable thing that happened, once you cut out all of the time-wasting filler, was that Bilbo encountered Gollum and got the ring. I get that it was made for 3D, apparently making action the most important element, but for those of us who are actually fans and want an accurate portrayal of the story…fail.
2. I hate it when movies that are supposed to be epic get downright silly. Silliness is the most embarrassing and deadly poison to an epic, in my opinion (this is also my biggest problem with the Harry Potter films, but that’s another topic for another time). I’m not talking about comic relief. The LOTR trilogy (movies) had plenty of comic relief without getting silly or over-the-top. But this movie lacked the clever and mischievously fun moments that made the LOTR so enjoyable (man do I miss Merry and Pippin) and replaced it with some really goofy absurdity.
3. Half of the dwarves looked absolutely ridiculous, while the other half looked like regular dudes (well, regular Middle-Earth dudes). And I don’t remember Radagast having the mind of a child.
This Hobbit movie was a complete departure from the epic greatness of the LOTR trilogy. I do think that, with some SERIOUS editing, there is a decent movie somewhere in there. But I’m sad to say that as it stands it’s not one I’d be willing to watch again. Let’s hope the next two deliver on content.