I finally got to see The Hobbit this weekend. I went with a good friend from work, and my daughter Holly-Anne. We got there on time for popcorn, except the theatre opens way too early in the morning - morning movies! 10:30 am!! so there was already a huge lineup for popcorn ahead of us. At least our viewing of The Hobbit was at 11 a.m, which is semi-decent. So, we missed the very beginning of the movie, which included the trailer for the new Star Trek movie (boo! I am so looking forward to this!!!) , as well as the opening part of The Hobbit. We arrived just as the dwarf kingdom was being destroyed by Smaug. So I got to see the best of the very beginning part. And from that moment on, I was hooked. I managed to spill my popcorn right away - yes, after standing in line for almost 10 minutes and missing the beginning of the movie, for popcorn, I then spilled it all! I thought I would sneak out to get some more. But you know something? I never wanted to leave the movie, I was afraid I would miss something. That's how good it is. And my friend shared some of her popcorn with me, which was very kind.
I really enjoyed The Hobbit. I was afraid going in that it would be muddled in some way with all the extra information added. I should have known better. It was coherent, and made sense, so that even my daughter who doesn't know the story yet, was able to follow it perfectly. She has seen Lord of the Rings a few times now, so was delighted that Frodo and old Bilbo were there in the beginning, as well as Gandalf. And she was so disappointed at the end when all we saw of Smaug was - well, that awesome suggestion of what he will be, when he is finally revealed. Already we are counting down the days to when Part Two will be showing next December!!
Except for Rivendell, which I found a little slow, the pacing was excellent. The almost 3 hours flew by. It didn't seem that long at all. I liked the inclusion of Radergast the Brown, and am very glad that Mirkwood is not here yet. *shiver* The scenes with Gollum were just right. The ring coming to Bilbo, and how he escapes - so well done.
I really enjoyed all the dwarves, and thought Richard Armitage made a convincing Thorin
Oakenshield, and I hereby confess to a crush on Kili.
Most of all though, are Gandalf - Ian McKellen who makes this film real, as he did in Lord of the Rings, and Martin Freeman who plays Bilbo perfectly, from the bumbling, middle-aged, contended and bored-though-he-doesn't-know-it hobbit, to the hobbit who finds the reason why he is accompanying the dwarves on the quest, by the end of the movie.
It's an adventure ride, it has thrills and chills, it has a lovely song sung by the dwarves, and it made me remember the excitement of going on an adventure. Plus, it has a dragon. Didn't you like, if you saw the movie, how Smaug is all covered in his gold?
So what did you think, if you saw the movie? Did you like it?
You know, I really have to see the very beginning. I can't wait for it to come out on dvd next Christmas. I'm just going to have to go and see it again, don't you think?