Briefly reflecting on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Not entirely sure how I feel about it.

Not entirely sure how I feel about it.

Finally, last night, I went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D. Unlike the Lord of the Rings films that I had endeavoured to watch during their first weeks of release, I hadn’t felt so rushed about this first outing for a new trilogy.

I have previously read The Hobbit and have been listening to an audio book version of the tale of late. So, I do know the story. But it was all feeling, well:

This padding issue (consider that this one novel has been split into three films) was essentially my main gripe with the film. And whole Radagast situation: it felt a bit off.

There was a great deal that I liked – the landscapes and sets (CG and real) looked fantastic. And I actually rather enjoyed the characterisation of the dwarves and found it easy enough to tell them apart (just don’t expect me to name them in a hurry, I have problems remembering the names of people in real life).

Things did feel a bit rushed at times though. Probably due to all the running the characters have to do.

Will I watch the next two films? Yes, I probably will. But so far none of it is piquing my interest to the degree LOTR did or the idea of watching extended versions of LOTR in the comfort of my own home.

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