Friday, December 21, 2012

The Hobbit

My husband and I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on the big screen Monday afternoon.

We saw the "regular" version of the film. There is also a 3D version and a fast film version (in 3D) but I have problems with migraines and early report indicated those films upset folks with those tendencies.

I am not a big fan of 3D anyway.

The film does not follow the book, as best I remember. I am currently re-reading The Hobbit, but am not very far into the book. However, I am fairly certain that a story thread that involves the Dwarf King and an orc is completely made up.

The basic premise is a hobbit goes on an adventure: he sets off with 12 dwarfs and a wizard to reclaim the home of the dwarfs from a dragon.

I don't want to spoil the film for anyone who has not seen it, so I will not say more about plot. I thought the characters were well done, though I would have liked a little more in-depth characterization of the many dwarfs.

Even in 2D, I could tell the film was shot with 3D in mind. There were many dizzying tumbles down into holes and things, and wild shots that I am sure look quite interesting in 3D. Even in 2D, though, the swoops of camera left me feeling a little ill.

I also found the film a little slow in places; I looked at my watch at least twice during the movie, something I never do during Lord of the Rings (even now on my 100th time or so watching of those films).

Still, if you are a fan of fantasy, or of Tolkien, or of Peter Jackson (film director), then this is definitely must-see. I will watch it again as soon as I can, but on the small screen, where the camera swoops perhaps won't make my tummy turn over.


  1. I have not seen the movie yet, so don't know how it might differ from the book, but -- having recently reread it -- there are two scenes that involve orcs.

  2. Never read the book.. I know a few people who LOVED it, but I don't think I'll go see the movie. Maybe you will like the movie the second time around.

  3. i loved the book. can't wait to see the movie. i know the Lord of the Rings was way different from the books... so i figured the Hobbit would be different as well. so excited to see it. Merry Christmas to you & a Happy New Year in 2013. big hugs. ( :

  4. Also have never rread the books, tried to get through the first one years ago, then gave up. Movies never seem to hold true to the books. The only exception I can think of at this time of year is Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The Hobbit will not be on my future movie list, but then hardly any current films are as there is no movie theatre near us.


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