December 14, 2012
Phenomenal beginning to another sure to be storied trilogy
The Hobbit had all the make-up of the Fellowship of the Ring with more of a lighthearted feel to it, due to the source material. We see familiar faces joined with never before seen characters, including a company of 13 dwarfs and a new eccentric wizard, all of whom have a unique personality. Although some characters get more face time than others, Peter Jackson does a fantastic job of making each one relevant. Although the escape from the Goblin's stronghold is reminiscent to the fellowships escape from the Mines of Moria I feel as though the villains receive more development, namely the Goblin King. I was skeptical of turning a 300 page book to 3 films but, with the inclusion of Gandalf's side quests and the return of the Necromancer I have no doubt these 3 films will be just as action packed and memorable as the previous trilogy. All together I thought the deviations from the book were warranted and actually proved to be significantly better than a direct translation would have been.
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