I've seen The Hobbit now.
Twice, in fact.
But we all know that, so let me the cons out of way first:
We're just going to brush by the whole PG-13 thing. It's definitely lighter than LOTR, but still.... a few parts are still gross :P
I'm critiquing the movie on an entirely technical level. I think.
There were only a few things that rubbed me the wrong way- the strongest of them being the Nazgul theme being invoked while Thorin's trying to be epic near the end of the film.
Seriously? Don't bring that theme in and make me think of the Black Riders while the screen is filled with Orcs and Dwarves.
(Also the main Dwarf theme was overused in battle. Use it in the goblin cave or save it for the fight at the end. Not both. It makes the fighting tedious.)
The White Orc + orc language translation subtitles = video game interlude.
I mean, it kind of works in this day and age, but still, I went to the movies to watch a movie. Not clips from the subsequent interactive role player game.
Oh and the Goblin King looked like he was from a sick kid's book. I didn't believe he was real at all.
And his parting line was cheap.
OK, enough negativity.....
Ze Never-Ending Pros
The plot is being handled beautifully. I'm SO pleased.
The troll part, which I was warned about due to it being turned into a "big battle," was hardly bad at all. It still concluded very near to how it happened in the book. And they're bringing in more details with Sauron the Necromancer and all that stuff so that the Battle of the Five Kings will actually make sense for moviegoers.
And dude, Saruman was actually really funny in that scene in Rivendell. Mushrooms....
How did y'all feel about tying it so closely to the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring? I think it's splendid. The return of Ian Holm and Elijah Wood is quite great. It brings the whole movie closer to home if you're already familiar with LOTR.
The casting is incredible. I had great faith in Martin Freeman as Bilbo. And I didn't expect to be a Thorin fan, but man, is he not the most awesome dwarf in all of Middle Earth? :D
Also Ori is my favorite. He's like a little stuffy three year old in preschool.
Overall, the graphics were amazing. The new themes were amazing. And the whole Company singing around the Bag End hearth is the best thing to ever happen to my ears :P
Riddles In The Dark was marvelously played. I got chills.
Oh, and the costume design was stellar. And the makeup.
Radagast was wonderful. What did you think of him?
For almost the whole time, I could pretty much feel Middle Earth beneath my feet. Location, location, location.....
Come on somebody lets pool our money so we can move to New Zealand together.
I could go on forever about how good it was. But I won't.
Really though. How do the rest of you feel about the movie? And how many times have you seen it?