Here we go again! Or should I say, here SOME of us go again? Let’s be honest either you’re into the fantasy of middle earth or your not. There are very few people that didn’t watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy that will go watch this. That still leaves plenty of people so the box office will be great. The problem Peter Jackson faces is he set the bar so high with The Lord of the Rings he just might bump his head with the hard core fans. The regular fans that can’t speak Elfin will be a lot easier to please and just be glad three more movies are on the way.
If there is a complaint it would be the length of the movie. After watching The Lord of the Rings we expect to spend 3 hours in 3 movies but the Hobbit books are less than a third the length of The Lord of the Rings. I’m sure it couldn’t have been crammed into one movie but maybe two would have worked. One of the things that are added to the movie is references to what’s to come in the Lord of the Rings movies. It took 45 minutes to get Bilbo Baggins together with the 13 dwarves and get the adventure underway.
After that it moves along at a good pace, until the stone giant battle. I’m not saying this is not a good scene but it is the best time to go to the bathroom and or snack bar. In fact if you haven’t talked to your Mom in a while you could call her. You could organize your tax receipts and maybe even get a quick Brazilian and a bleach; neatness counts. But when that scene is over you want to be in you seat cause “it’s fixin to get real”. Right about the time you start looking at your watch Gollum shows up and has a battle of riddles with Bilbo. Here we are introduced to the Ring that is the subject of reason you are watching this movie in the first place.
Of course Ian McKellen is fantastic as Gandalf. Bilbo Baggins is played by Martin Freeman who was in Hot Fuzz and also plays Doctor Watson on the new BBC series Sherlock. He is a perfect choice to play Bilbo.
We also see a few others from The Rings. Elrond played by Hugo Weaving, Galadriel
played by Cate Blanchett, and Saruman the White played by Christopher Lee.
Thorin the dwarf king, played by Richard Armitage is trying to regain his Kindom that was taken from his father by a Dragon. He recruits 12 loyal dwarves and Gandalf picks Bilbo Baggins as a reluctant burglar to go along on the adventure.
Yeah I can easily see where they could have cut 20 or 30 minutes and not lost anything but I’m going to wait till I’ve seen all three movies before I say it’s just too long. It’s been 9 years since The Lord of the Rings and if you’re a fan you’ve missed it and can’t get enough.
2 hours and 45 minutes, Rated PG-13 for intense fantasy action, violence, and frightening images.
My Score: 5 Cold Buds and I can’t wait til next year!