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Immediate Hobbit Report

I had a fantastic time. There were a few things I would have done differently (including, but not limited to, recasting Thorin, Fili, and Kili and rethinking the idea of having Thranduil ride a . . . moose-elk hybrid-thing? Melk? E-oose? Whatever that thing was.), but in general, I thought it was a fine opening to The Hobbit. It maintained two of the things I loved most about Jackson's Lord of the Rings and King Kong, which are the sense of scale and architecture and the physicality of the action. By which I mean not just that there's a lot of action sequences, but that everything -- action sequences included -- is done with great physical commitment and with full weight. When things land, you really feel them land.

I might post a longer review later on if I remember to do it, but just the basics here. Does Jackson's The Hobbit clear the lowest bars?

Exhibit A: First sight of Rivendell.

Tolkien: O! What are you doing,
And where are you going?
Your ponies need shoeing!
The river is flowing!
O! tra-la-la-lally
here down in the valley!

O! What are you seeking,
And where are you making?
The faggots are reeking,
The bannocks are baking!
O! tril-lil-lil-lolly
the valley is jolly,
ha! ha!

O! Where are you going
With beards all a-wagging?
No knowing, no knowing
What brings Mister Baggins,
And Balin and Dwalin
down into the valley
in June
ha! ha!

O! Will you be staying,
Or will you be flying?
Your ponies are straying!
The daylight is dying!

To fly would be folly,
To stay would be jolly
And listen and hark
Till the end of the dark
to our tune
ha! ha!


Jackson:

Point Jackson.

Exhibit B: Thranduil

Rankin-Bass:

Jackson:

Point Jackson.

Low bars completely cleared. More later.

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dawtheminstrel
Dec. 27th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
You made me laugh with your score keeping.

I enjoyed it too. Its tone was in keeping with The Hobbit, I think, as opposed to LOTR.
frenchpony
Dec. 29th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess I am easily pleased.

I think that this movie was also a different beast than the book. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit completely independently of anything, but Jackson had to make his Hobbit fit in with the world he'd already established, and I thought he did that really well.

Except for the moose-elk thing.
elliska
Dec. 28th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! I had some quibbles with it too (and I laughed at your comment about the e-oose, because I thought the same thing, but didn't articulate it nearly as well as you), but overall, I was thrilled to be back in ME!
frenchpony
Dec. 29th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
The thing that I loved about that little glimpse of the Wood-elves turning away was that you could really see both how this would lead to Thorin not being a fan of Elves, and also you could see that there really wasn't anything that the Wood-elves could have done. Smaug really did a number on both Erebor and Dale, and you could just see Thranduil staring down at the damage and thinking, "Yup, there is precisely fuck-all that we can do to help, so I am not going to let my people get themselves killed down there."
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