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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012 film)

The first part of Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel which is being shot in 3D.

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So much internal conflict

  • Dec 26, 2012
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Recently saw The Hobbit in 3D and walked away from it sadly conflicted. For one, I love Middle Earth and everything Tolkien. In fact, I love fantasy literature although I rarely dabble in it. Peter Jackson, who wonderfully adapted The Lord of the Rings series, falters with its prelude. My main issue with the movie was its length, which has never held me off of other Jackson-Tolkien films. The problem with The Hobbit is the tacked on bits, which do not appear in the book, are unnecessary and are not true to the nature of the book. While it's understandable for Jackson to want to recreate the grand, epic nature of  LOTR, The Hobbit doesn't need it. 

I can see the difficulty in pushing all of The Hobbit into one movie, but three movies? I'm assuming that much of the next two movies will deal with Sauron's back-story and to some extent, since this represents Jackson's last jaunt to Middle Earth, it makes sense. Still, it doesn't make for a very engaging first installment.

Things I loved about this movie:
Martin Freeman- fantastic casting all around but Freeman IS Bilbo Baggins; my one issue with the character has to do with the writing which gives Baggins a very shallow, and not quite in tune with the novel, nature
Thorin- who is kind of a jerk in the novel is fascinating in the movie, and undoubtedly, this is a solid choice by Jackson and one I can stand behind. Richard Armitage was captivating, sad, and weary. Beautiful.
The soundtrack- in my opinion, better than LOTR's (something I never imagined I'd ever say); listened to "Misty Mountains (Cold)" over and over and over once I got home
Gollum and Baggins Scene- hands down the best scene in the movie

Things I disliked about this movie:
The awkward and obligatory "bad guy"- Azog, completely unnecessary and added simply to create an arc for this installment. The Hobbit doesn't need this! Its strength lies within its innocence (which is a foil to LOTR and thus necessarily innocent) and simple storytelling.
Action sequences that just happen to the main characters
Saruman and the elves who are assholes for literally no reason (to be fair, they're meant to be this way)
That the movie ends and they still have MILES to go to reach The Lonely Mountain
So much internal conflict

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The Hobbit is an upcoming three-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and will serve as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, is directing the film and also serves as producer and co-writer.

The film will star Martin Freeman, known for playing Tim Canterbury in the BBC comedy series The Office, as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage, known for playing Lucas North in the BBC drama series Spooks, as Thorin Oakenshield. Several actors from Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom. Additionally, composer Howard Shore, who wrote the score for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has confirmed his role in both parts of the film project.

The three parts, entitled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, are being filmed back to back and are currently in production in New Zealand; principal photography began on 21 March 2011. They will be released on December 14, 2012,  2013 and 2014, respectively.
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