Now before I write my review, I will have you know that I am a Lord of the Rings nerd like so many of you fine people out there. Not ashamed. Buzz off if you have a problem with it……………..ok. Now for my review.
I was fortunate enough to see a screening of the film on Friday, avoiding major crowds and ridiculous ticket prices, although I would have gladly dealt with that anyway. On the way to the screening, I had a conversation about the 48 fps situation and as a result, my expectations of the film were lowered. I recall watching a movie on TV that had a similar look and absolutely hated it. Well…………….it is no different for The Hobbit. Avoid the 48 fps at all costs, or at least make sure you watch the movie in regular 24 fps at some point. For those of you who have absolutely no idea what I am talking about……………48 fps is just a higher definition type of filming. Basically it makes the film look SUPER clear and crisp. Sounds kinda cool right? NO. It makes things look faker than they should, and everything looks as if it is in fast forward mode. You can tell when there is green screen without a doubt and well it just looks weird. I will say that it is not as horrible as I was expecting and it didn’t take too much away from the movie, but it was still annoying. Not worth all the fuss.
As for the movie itself………………I loved it. The thing with The Hobbit however, is that you are already expecting something from it. With The Fellowship of the Ring, no one had seen anything like it. You didn’t know the characters, the director’s style, the theme music, the cinematography, the special effects, the makeup, the costumes, nothing. It was all brand new. Keep that in mind. Also, The Hobbit is a much simpler story, with just one plot, rather than several different characters off doing their own thing. It is a lighter, funnier, and simpler version of the LOTR trilogy.
Peter Jackson does stick to the style of the Lord of the Rings. It almost feels like an extended version of the three films, but with new characters and less doom and gloom. Martin Freeman is adorable and a perfect Bilbo Baggins. The dwarfs are the real highlight of the film. You’ve got your awkward polite dwarf, the loud and crazy dwarfs, the badass fighting dwarfs, and yes…………even hot ones. Kili and Thorin are basically the Aragorn and Legolas of this film. Ladies………enjoy.
Howard Shore provides another great score for the film, with some familiar tunes, and a brand new theme, that lives up to his previous ones. I can’t stop listening to the end credit song. Oscar nomination worthy in my opinion (Song of the Lonely Mountain sung by Neil Finn). Everything else is up to par of course. The costumes, cinematography, special effects, etc.
Is this a perfect prequel that completely lives up to all expectations? Of course not. Does it stay completely true to the book? No, but there are some changes and additions that I think are for the better. If you want to nit pick and throw a tantrum over it, be my guest, but please sit a few rows away from me. Thanks.
Overall, I thought this was a great addition to the LOTR franchise. I’m not disappointed. Am I going to go shout through the streets that it is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life? Probably not, but I sure as hell am going to go see it again, which means it was a success in my book!
I’ll see you fellow LOTR junkies at the theater! ENJOY!