December 14, 2012
For the Fans...for the most part
I tracked The Hobbit during the whole ten year process that it went through and bought my midnight ticket the minute they went on sale. Let's just say the could have done better. The story follows the book, appendices, and back stories very well...with the exception of the Pale Orc. I still haven't figured out where that came from. There are plenty of odd references that made me "squeek with joy", such as Gandalf hitting his head on the chandelier, the dwarven headbutt, and the explicit telling of chapter names. HOWEVER, there's plenty still wrong. I can be nit-picky and complain that Martin Freeman did not pick up the ring the same way as he did in FotR, or how the goblins in NO WAY referenced any orcs seen during the trilogy, but my main concern was the CGI. I'm calling laziness (or del Torro) on this one. When the graphics from the previous films still hold up and there is evidence that they are still capable of it with Gollum, the rest falls apart. This is Middle Earth, NOT Narnia!
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