Media Monday: The Hobbit

Dec
17
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Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Peter Jackson
Studio: New Line Cinema
Genre: Fantasy
Summary: [from IMDB]

A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on a “unexpected journey” to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

My Thoughts

I have been waiting for this movie for SO LONG. Seriously, I was that kid in high school that had marathon parties before each movie came out. We dressed up (I was Eowyn, and before you ask, no there aren’t any pics that I know of. But I may still have the costume and wear it on occasion *shifty eyes*), made lembas bread and spent HOURS watching through all of the extended editions. I wrote a research paper on the music of the whole trilogy. And I read the books, obviously (although I never managed to make it through book 2 a second time – something I plan on changing next year!) Let’s just say my expectations were pretty high. I was certainly not disappointed!

The Hobbit:

First of all, Martin Freeman is my favorite. Nevermind that he was already on my “Weird Older Man Crushes” list for his portrayal of John Watson. He is the perfect fussy, staid Englishman forced out of his comfort zone (and secretly enjoying it). I don’t know how he manages it, but he absolutely inhabits every role he plays. If I’m talking about the movie to someone else, it’s all I can do to not say “It’s the one with John Watson” in it, because that’s his name to me. But, at the same time, during the film I thoroughly believed he was Bilbo. And seriously guys, if you haven’t seen Martin Freeman in anything yet, you need to!

The Story:

I know I haven’t read The Hobbit nearly enough times to have a completely reliable memory, but I loved the little details they kept. I even remembered some of the riddles – since that was my favorite scene it’s probably the one I remember best, and they did it exactly how I pictured it! Plus, there were plenty of bits I didn’t remember (Radagast had bird poop down the side of his face? Um EW!) so I’m excited to read the book again and remind myself.

The Cinematography:

A lot of people have been talking about this 48 fps stuff, and the 3D, but I didn’t actually see it in 3D (I went with a friend who gets sick from 3D movies). I will say that the special effects were fantastic! The original trilogy already seemed really amazing, but now that I’ve seen The Hobbit I’m beginning to wonder how much of that was just not knowing any better. I really want to go back and marathon the first three again, as a comparison.

The Music:

OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!! They were SO CLEVER! I can’t even express how excited I was about how original the soundtrack was, and yet how clearly it related to the original trilogy. I know it’s unlikely anyone who hasn’t extensively studied the first soundtracks would have noticed, but they were incredibly clever about working in some foreshadowing simply through the music – for example: During the White Council scene when we see Saruman (who is still good at this point) we hear his theme threaded through the melody. It’s nearly unrecognizable – at least half tempo, no pounding drums or strong rhythmic anything under it, almost pretty – but it’s there! This was one of those *frantic waving of hands at the screen because I want to squee but I’m in a theater with lots of people who would wonder what the EFF I’m squeeing about because NOTHING IMPORTANT IS HAPPENING* moments. And I loved it!

Bottom Line:

I loved it! I have seen a few reviews/reviewers that didn’t, so for a balanced opinion you may want to check them out. But seriously, GO SEE IT NOW!





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6 Responses to “Media Monday: The Hobbit”

  1. Weird older man crush on Martin Freeman I totally understand. :)

    I saw this in 3D, and I don’t know that it necessarily added to the movie. It’s not one of those “must see” in 3D movies.

    • Anne says:

      I know right? He is SO adorable!

      I’m glad to know I wasn’t missing out on much. Personally, I don’t get the big deal about 3D – I don’t care one way or the other, long as I get a well-told story!

  2. So glad you liked this! I probably won’t see it in 3D, but I do want to see it. :)

    • Anne says:

      You should! You watch Sherlock, right? It’s so great to see Martin Freeman outside of the John Watson role! PLUS! See if you can spot a Cumberbatch! He’s there (though I had to look up where after seeing it lol) :)

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  4. Angelya says:

    I saw it last week in 3D and loved it too! I just had to share a *squee* moment with you because I am a soundtrack lover as well xD When bilbo picks up the ring for the first time I had to contain my squeals as the Ring’s theme appeared… and I loved the way the other themes were worked into other scenes :)
    I also have a weird-older-man crush from this film, but it’s Richard Armitage xD I love Martin Freeman as well, but from waaay back when he was in the Office! <33
    Make sure you re-read the book soon, it's interesting to see the differences *nods*

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