That's right. We saw The Hobbit yesterday. No bigs.
JK, HUGE BIGS! Seriously big deal! And now, we're going to tell you all about it!
First of all, it is amazingly, awesomely, terrifically beautiful. Every shot looks like it was designed by the biggest Tolkien nerd on the face of Middle Earth. Many of the sets will look familiar to you. The Shire is still The Shire, and it was, after all, shot on or near many of the same locations as LotR. But that familiarity is a good thing here. It made us feel like we were back visiting an old friend.
Then there are the dwarves. Much of the first half of the movie is spent getting to know the band of miniature misfits up close and personal, so if you're a big fan of Tolkien minutia, you will be in heaven.
Now, you may be asking yourself "how in the world is The Hobbit going to be three movies... the first of which clocks in at nearly three hours?" That's a very good question. And the answer is simple: embellishment. There were many liberties taken here with the basic story from the book, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. For one, Radagast, who gets a whisper of a mention in the book, is here in his full-on, bumbling, animal loving glory. And a feud between Thorin and an Orc king fills out the bad guy quotient here, since we don't really get to meet Smaug up close and personal in this installment.
The action scenes are as good, if not better, than any in the LotR. But the show stopper happens between Gollum and Bilbo. The iconic riddle scene is, quite simply, worth the price of admission alone.
While 3D movies can sometimes be eyestraining and headache inducing, this one used the technology amazingly! Subtle at times, but at other times (like when we get to see a flashback of Erebor during its Dwarven heyday) completely and totally mindblowing. The much talked about 48 frames per second technique that Peter Jackson used to film this movie only enhances and sharpens any scene with action in it. The only drawback is that, in scenes where there is less action, the picture is less "cinematic." It takes a couple minutes to get used to, but by the middle of the movie, "frames per second" will be the last thing on your mind!
This is a very good start to an excellent adventure. Pack yourself two or three breakfasts and head out to your local cineplex on December 14th. You won't be disappointed!
What character are you most looking forward to seeing in The Hobbit?