The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and why it’s absolutely fantastic
Oh and I should say, lotsaspoilers!
As a Tolkien fan, I generally don’t like changes to his works made in translation to the big screen. I mean, I loved the LOTR films, but a part of me will never let go of the fact that Tom Bombadil never made any appearance, not even in reference - nor did we get to see the Scouring of The Shire. Actually let’s not get into that, because this is meant to be about The Hobbit.
The Hobbit wasn’t actually my favourite novel by Tolkien, that spot has always gone to The Return of The King. But obviously it’s the most lighthearted out of his most well known works, and like most fans I’ve been wondering how that will translate to the big screen, especially with the high commercial success of the much more serious LOTR trilogy.
I wonder how people would react to The Silmarillion movie.
There’s actually so many great things about the movie
"spawn of Ungoliant" FTW that I’m going to start with the things I didn’t like so much (kind of ironic given the title) and then explain why they’re all okay!
One thing I didn’t like was that the dwarves are pretty much reduced to comic relief. Now in the book, characters like Ori, Dori, Nori, Oin, Gloin (less important dwarves, to put it another way) have very little standout dialogue if they speak at all. Now I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is some really overdone comic relief from some of the dwarves, not to mention some really flat lines. For example, Filli and Kili get some pretty laughable dialogue in the beginning ‘If there’s a key..there must be a door!” to the point where you wonder if they’re not being sarcastic. Out of all of the dwarves, Ori gets the worst of it, in my opinion. I don’t remember a single moment in the film where he wasn’t used for comic relief and NOTHING else. At least Fili and Kili have that moment where Thorin shuts them up about the Orc raid. Speaking of the orc raid, Ori has this moment where he whips out a slingshot and I’m thinking ‘finally, at least let him do something’ and the stone bounces ineffectually off the Warg. Cue Ori running away. MORE comic relief. I mean, come on!
^ Seriously though, I’d much rather just not bother giving the dwarves unnecessary amounts of comic relief. I mean I know the Hobbit is meant to be more lighthearted, but a lot of that comes from Bilbo and Martin Freeman is really fantastic. Which brings me onto my next point. Martin Freeman is the PERFECT Bilbo. I can’t imagine anyone more brilliant for the role.
Speaking of acting however…I just want to say, I love Christopher Lee, he’s a wonderful, wonderful man. and I love his acting. he’s just amazing. buuuuuut…(may he forgive me) he seemed kind of flat in the Hobbit film. *cowers and waits to be struck by lightning*
Also, whilst I understand that Peter Jackson wanted to add some action through the presence of Azog (who was supposed to be dead years ago) I just feel like…he doesn’t need to pander to the rest of the world! he has millions of LOTR fans everywhere. anyway, I still think the Azog thing has it’s own place, since what it DOES give is a lot of wonderful character development for both Bilbo and Thorin. As a fan I do have a problem with the fact that Bilbo is fighting, when he’s really not meant to be a fighter. He’s got a stout heart and he’s a burgular but I feel like facing off the orc who was about to kill Thorin was a BIT forced considering that orc is meant to be a seasoned warrior who gets PWNED by Bilbo. But yeah, that meant that Bilbo saved Thorin thus cementing his place in the group, wrapping up the storyline blah blah blah WELL THAT CEMENTING BIT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN LATER!!!!!! *sigh*
To those of you who are hating on the Hobbit for the following reasons I have these responses which are purely my opinion. don’t assume other Tolkien fans are the same
in case I make a mistake and they kill me
1) It’s too long, especially the first bit with the dwarves in the kitchen - you sir/madam are extremely impatient. a lot of people such as your good self have fallen into the terrible habit of expecting an increase in tempo very quickly in a movie (for crying out loud it’s not the Return of the King) and so you won’t allow room for adequate character development. The Hobbit is meant to be lighthearted, it’s not a swordfest like LOTR (relatively). Also remember this is the first film of 3! Give us a chance, precious!
2) Thorin & Company aren’t as likeable as Aragorn and the Fellowship - they aren’t meant to be. Thorin is an incredibly realistic character given his background. Aragorn, Legolas and the majority of the company on the other hand (and again, I pray forgiveness) are a tad one dimensional. Especially Aragorn. Aragorn is basically the perfect hero - the incorruptible, honest, kind, caring, just ranger who became the king. Boromir was by far my favourite character in the movies, and Sean Bean’s fantastic performance as him is the main reason that The Fellowship of the Ring is my favourite movie of the 3. He’s a lot like Thorin in many ways. Proud and valiant in battle, exceedingly loyal to his people but blinded by desire and greed sometimes. The company is in for a rough ride.
3) other extremely ignorant reasons like ‘Isn’t Saruman the bad guy?’, ‘Wait, so there’s no Aragorn?’ ‘Are Smaug and Sauron related?’ bye. this post is not for you. go back to playing call of duty or whatever it is you do with your life.
4) but the worst, THE WORST REASON OF ALL. and I see examples of this kind of dumbassery EVERYWHERE on the internet.
"why oh why don’t the eagles just FLY them to the mountain?" and other variations including "to mordor?".
Listen closely, assholes. The reason why they wouldn’t is because
a) Thorondor (head of eagles) said that they won’t fly them near people because men would shoot at them with ‘bows of yew’ as they thought the eagles were hunting their livestock. (this is The Hobbit)
b) The Nazgul would probably put up a damn good fight against the Eagles (we’re talking LOTR here) and kill a couple of them - doubt the eagles are keen on that. even if they were ready to do that - remember they had a problem with flying near a VILLAGE OF MEN. how about 10,000+ orcs, all armed to the teeth? fuck no.
c) and most importantly and I want to stress this point, the eagles are NOT Gandalf’s personal transportation bitches! He was actually CALLING IN a favour when they flew him and the dwarves (he healed Thorondor a long time ago basically). so no, they won’t fly him wherever the fuck he wants.
This review has basically gone to shit, I’ve lost sight of everything because I’m still raging. It’s a great film. peace out