Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I really liked The Hobbit!  I saw it the weekend it came out with all of the other Tolkien fans.  Bilbo was fantastic and exactly how I pictured he would be.  Some complain the movie starts out a bit slow.  The book actually starts out slow and descriptive which is how this kind of book/movie should, I think.  I thought the movie pretty much stuck to the story in the book or tried to create some back story for some of the characters, such as Thorin Oakenshield.  Overall, I think it did a fine job of telling the tale of The Hobbit. 

One of my favorite parts in the book is where Elrond gets a look at the map and discovers the moon runes.  This was well done in the movie and it was nice to see Rivendell again.  Another part that was true to the book was when Bilbo actually finds the ring and has to try to escape Gollum through a series of riddles (the Riddles in the Dark chapter in the book).  This was very well done, down to the point where Bilbo has the chance to kill Gollum but thinks better of it.  A very important part in the book.  All in all, the movie was very entertaining and visually stunning.  I can't wait to see the next installment next December.  Let me know what you think!