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The Hobbit Review

With the recent release of The Hobbit, the biggest LOTR fans here at Leviathyn got together and shared their impressions of the film and what they liked or didn’t like about it. See their thoughts below. What are yours? Share them in the comments below!

PAUL

I loved The Hobbit movie, but I think it was about a half-hour too long, though maybe that’s because I’m so familiar with the story that I didn’t need Jackson’s introductory prologue, as cool as the small glimpses of Smaug were. It would’ve been cooler to intertwine little bits of flashbacks with the song that Thorin and company sing in Bilbo’s house. I went to an Imax HFR 3-D, and the HFR is a bit difficult to watch at first. Probably they should have done HFR or 3-D instead of both together, because I’m not even sure which caused the problems I had. I’ll definitely see the movie again in regular format just to see the difference. If you’re having trouble deciding, I’d say go for the new format, so you can form an opinion about it, but like I said, I’d have rather had 3-D or HFR not both combined. I didn’t find that props looked “more proppy” in the HFR, though maybe that’s because I have enough replica swords that I just accept their look on screen. Ocrist the Goblin Cleaver looks badass, and I want one of my own right the hell now.

I thought the movie did a great job of showing us how desperate the dwarves really are to reclaim their homeland and it gives them an extra dimension that’s missing in other adaptations of the book. Thirteen new characters are a lot to add to a story and I think they did a good job of making the dwarves unique, though some get more character rounding than others.
Radagast the Brown was kind of a miss for me, maybe just a little more competency would’ve helped him, but he definitely has a distinct persona.
My favorite moments are kind of spoilery, not for the story but for this film version, so I’ll just say that there’s plenty of surprising and cool moments for people who read the book every year to enjoy.

 

STEPHEN

Peter Jackson’ s The Hobbit was released this weekend after what seems like a century to me and probably to many fans. Watching his newest master piece in a new format, in 3D, and in 4K resolution at our local IMAX,  I  must say I’m on the edge on the over all experience.

I loved how he has kept to his guns and decided this time around to stick with the story, in this case, The Hobbit. By keeping to the story of the novel, we get to see and feel J. R. R. Tolkein’s world for what it is. I heard some were disappointed with how long the film seemed to go on, but I feel they may not know the entire story or worse, may not understand the The Lord of the Rings should have been closer to the books. This time around, we get to see the true Gandalf, the grey, in action. Gandalf fights this time around, like he should have in the other films. Unfortunately this alters some profiles of characters in the film and I do feel some will have impressions from The Lord of the Rings stuck in their heads.

Onto the actual new technology in shooting the film, the world seems so real with the 3D and 4k resolution. There was so many times I felt the wind with each arrow flying by or my reflexes in full swing with falling boulders. However, I am not so sold on the 48 fps, unfortunately many times the movie came off as a game trailer. I also had a very hard time trying to see the film with out it looking like something out of the three stooges, with its sped up frame rate. Some parts in the film seemed way to quick for me and it made me try and rethink of what I just saw. I won’t fault Jackson for this though, unfortunately for me and many others, we have been ingrained with 24fps being that of film, the normal speed in which things happen in movie land.

And now sadly I wait, another year will go by before seeing the next in the series for The Hobbit. I give The Hobbit a 9.5/10 in my mini review, the missing .5 for the 48fps issue. Here’s to you Bilbo, from one hobbit in a hole to another.

 

BEN

Filled with unnecessary humor, ridiculous characters and scenes of a musical nature The Hobbit offers viewers a rather odd and largely disappointing experience. An unfortunate amalgamation of brilliant and classic LOTR-fashion scenes that have been tainted by the presence of poorly crafted effects and childish jokes, this movie caused me to roll my eyes more than I would have liked.  The plot itself, however, is the true backbone of the film. It has been expertly woven and delivered meaning it successfully maintains the awe and wonder produced from the original trilogy.

Sadly however instances such as the singsong in Bilbo’s home with the dwarfs or the dance of The Goblin Kings did nothing but leave a bitter taste in my mouth.  Even the epic Trolls were made a mockery of in this film after being so intimidating in the original. Languages lack continuity as Orcs have their own tongue even though it’s only 60 years prior to the all -English speaking Orcs of the original trilogy? Call me pretentious but that just out right irritated me. This movie had only a handful of scenes that felt truly LOTR and even they just didn’t seem to have the effect the originals achieved and instead promoted imbecilic characters and meaningless comedy. Even Gollum whose scene proved to be one of the best was ruined with a game of riddles.  Peter Jackson has clearly just cashed in but has done so at the expense of the series’ credibility. The Hobbit has left me ultimately incredibly underwhelmed. I’m apprehensive at the prospect of more films like this but I’m sincerely hoping the next installment will have less rabbit pulled sleighs and excrement covered wizards.



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