We watched The Hobbit movie last night and I just wanted to say a little something about it.
First, I think it was pretty good. I liked the animation for the most part and when compared to what I read in the book, the scenes were almost spot on. The movie was different than the book though and that makes me wonder if I read a shorter version of what else is available.
The movie offers much more in the way of character development than the book I read. Early on, they showed the struggle between the dwarves and Smaug, the dragon. I was a bit shocked at that, since I hadn’t read any such thing.
Also, there were scenes that were kind of “injected” in the movie that weren’t in the version of the book I read. There was much more of the being chased by the Orcs. And the wizard who was being pulled by the sled – I didn’t read about him.
Lastly, the movie ended after the eagle scene, which was only about half way through the book, which puts the producers of this movie in good position for the alleged following two. This one was well made though, I won’t deny that.
There is one area that I wish whoever makes these movies would change. Both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy had very unclear spoken word at times. I remember telling Laura that I had no idea what was going on when we watched The Lord of the Rings and I have to confess, I said that again last night during The Hobbit. There were scenes, such as when Gandalf was speaking with the elves where I didn’t understand one word that was said. At one point, I got up to make the pellet stove quieter in attempt to better hear what was going on. I even teased the idea of increasing the volume, but figured that wouldn’t work. It sort of makes me want to read the full version of The Hobbit, because those scenes were important to the background of the trilogy that follows.
And the Gollum scene – I didn’t get much of what Gollum said either.
Other than that, I had a good time. And maybe I partially blame myself for not having better hearing.
THE HOBBIT Trailer HD