Every scene you see a massive rock crush a character you know they aren't dead. There is some real potential in this film and it is squandered; whether that's because Tolkien wrote a flawed book, whether it is because he wrote a book that doesn't take well to a feature length movie or whether it is because Jackson messed it up, that's what we ended up with. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Further to this point, smaller problems exist such as Bilbo never handling a sword to suddenly taking on killer beasts like he has been to He-Man training school. This involves snot jokes, burping, poop hair, and lame one-liners. I went to watch an engaging movie and I got a cartoon.
I imagine the two future installments of the series will afford them each the chance to shine. Most damaging are the call backs linking the previous trilogy, setting up what is likely to be an almost completely new story bridge between the two trilogies in the third film due in 2014. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Its innumerable diversions began to remind me of a live-action Family Guy episode, with character or event mentions that suddenly cause the film to cut away to a dramatization of said. . Tolkien's The Hobbit is far more modest in scope than its enormous sequel, and geared for a younger audience.
Initially the film was going to be split in twain, then later divvied up into three parts. It just smacks of lazy cliche writing. The entire film is slow! There is a version of this trilogy, that is 4 and a half hours long, removes a lot of the subplots, and tries it's best to tell Tokien's original story. As a side-effect, the much lighter tone will be jarring for a lot of established franchise fans, the very people the film seems to be primarily aimed at. Howard Shore's beautiful theme music, from the previous trilogy, filters in.
Wow, Thorin, you got Bilbo wrong and you got the Elves wrong too! And then, slowly, a fatal distance opens up between what we're hoping and what we're actually seeing. The Hobbit should have been 2 films, and making it 3 has been the final nail in the coffin. Fall down multiple ravines, battle 100's goblins with just a few men, rocks the size of cars flying at you. The movie really springs to life only when Freeman dominates, as when Bilbo falls into a cave and discovers Gollum, looking like James Carville but acting like Peter Lorre. His character never wavered from that perspective as he watched events unfold and did what little he could to contribute and help.
I understand that if everything was ultra realistic it would end up boring, but for heaven sake, that does not mean you can get away with what happens in this film. Another plus is a lot of the sequences being shorter for the first two films in general, it felt less bloated, but the third act did drag on for a bit because of just how long I had been watching. I am not going to sugar-coat this film or give it a good review just because people tell me I should. Armitage likewise manages to imbue Thorin with both rage and honor, and is easily believable as someone who could lead these dwarves into life-threatening battle. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.
The story is shallow and pretentious and cardboard. Where does that leave us? Most of the dwarfs are completely redundant and I could not identify or even accept Bilbo. One day, the young Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is unexpectedly visited by the wizard Gandalf the Grey and twelve homeless dwarfs led by their former king Thorin and decided to vanquish Smaug and recover Erebor and their treasure. This first installment runs 169 minutes. I don't get dazzled by graphics anymore if I ever did at all , and 3D action films do not make a film good.
Well gee, when you put it like that, it seems fairly obvious which one I'd pick. Several major ones, the movie is still 4 and a half hours long, now this wouldn't be a problem, if it didn't feel that long. Smaug is probably the single greatest highlight from the movie, his encounter with Bilbo is phenomenal. At least Jackson makes real sets so it isn't a total wash out. Gandalf is great but that is to be expected. Not to mention most of the action has no impact on the story whatsoever.
Oh Soo is an orphan who is left heartbroken later in life after his first love passes away and comes to lead a goal-less life as a high stakes gambler. I believe it's because of the lowered stakes of The Hobbit. It feels like he was made for the character, getting all the little mannerisms down and the dialogue between him and the other characters works. He also makes a perfect Young Ian Holm. I really wanted to love it but it's hard not to ignore the many problems. An other great master peace has been added the the Lord of The Rings collection.
The Battle of the Five Armies scene looks more like a video game than a movie to me, it doesn't have the same thrill as The Mines of Moria, Helms Deep, Minas Tirith, or Pelennor Fields. It's a simple message, yet, the book finds a way to make this message profound giving the characters depth and meaning and focusing on the hobbit as one individual, insignificant in his eyes, in an amazing world. If you are type 2, you might enjoy this movie. A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug. There is some real potential in this film and it is squandered; whether that's because Tolkien wrote a flawed book, whether it is because he wrote a book that doesn't take well to a feature length movie or whether it is because Jackson messed it up, that's what we ended up with. The main orc villain, Azog, looks fake. Would you rather watch an 8 hour trilogy, a 4 and a half hour long fan edit, or a 6 minute recap from another movie? Many say the beginning is slow but they're wrong.