The Hobbit: directed by Peter Jackson of course.
Oh to be back in the lands of Middle Earth. Being a huge fan of Jackson, as well as his adaptation of LOTR, to say I was excited is an understatement. Also being more engrained with The Hobbit story itself, had me quite bonkers. I’ll start off by saying, Once the credits rolled, I had a smile on my face, and my tiny heart was warm with the setting sun of a CGI New Zealand. While watching I was taken out of the story a few times, by the addition of the appendices carefully placed in, and a few “kid friendly”moments. Some additions are all to necessary in many ways, while others will just have to digest for a few days, with a few more views to not scrutinize.(I will be returning, prepared, calm, collected) It was nice seeing some of these moments, it was just jarring as a first view taking in the web they are looking to weave.
The dialogue at times treated us, as the audience, like we were half wits, who had no way of utilizing our own minds, as they spelled out many events almost to the letter.
"Theres a door on the side of the mountain." " Theres a door on the side of the mountain, that means we have another way in." -This happens often, and is most likely for the kid viewers, seeing as this is a children’s story (for the most part), but even then, it was still a bit daunting.
The Hobbit, as a novel, is a quick pace sometimes only explaining certain events in 2 sentences, and it was a blast actually seeing them play out in a manner of time in which they actually could. I’m looking to you Giant Mountain UFC fighters. It’s when the film feels most familier in tone to the LOTR trilogy that it shines the most tho. Ahem, Gollum, Gollum… On the whole, I had a wonderful time in my journey back to middle earth, and I’m just as excited to continue that journey in the coming years. I can only believe that the crumbs laid with the injected material will play out smooth within the arc of The Hobbit itself, leaving us feeling the meaning of There and Back Again.
Note: I did not see this in HFR, but I most definitely plan on it. Also must add the 9mins of Star Trek Into Darkness, did a horrible job of allowing me to enjoy the first 30mins of The Hobbit because it was such a blast to the gut of mayhem, visual wonder, and entertainment.