December 14, 2012
The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey
I grew up with the Rankin-Bass animated movies, and the Hobbit was a book I re-read a few times. So I am a bit biased. I'm not a hard-core fan the way some are, but the Hobbit at least was something I grew up with as a story that influenced me life. So Yes, I am partial.
That said, I was pleased by the cinematography. It was classic to the previous movies. Beautiful scenes, well angled shots, amazing blending of live action and 3d as well. The characters were given a life, and lived/breathed/were more then what I remember from the books (in a good way).
I liked how he used elements from the appendices to flesh out more of the movie in the way we have come to expect from movies. This wasn't just us following along with Bilbo. Nor did we see things strictly from Bilbo's perspective. Instead we get to see the action how it plays out, parallel to other events.
The lead up to the end scene had me on the edge of my seat as well. Over all, aside from a few nit picks, I love d it.
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