Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Thought or Two on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

We finally got our act together and saw The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey.  It was better than I was expecting.

I'm not going to try and do an in-depth analysis of the movie.  There are other people who are much more qualified than I am for that.  I've only read the book twice, most recently prior to the release of the first LOTR movie.  Some of the details are a little blurry, to say the least.

On the whole, the movie matched the book quite well, at least to the best of my memory.  There were a few details I thought were different.  I know Jackson is embellishing the story a little, drawing on sources in Tolkien's writings other than the novel itself.  Those scenes were fairly obvious.

The cinematography was great.  Every time I see one of these movies, I want to move to New Zealand. 

One thing I did find interesting.  With all the running the party did, I was impressed that no one ever seemed out of breath, especially since it was in the mountains. 

On the whole I was impressed.  This is one I'll be getting on DVD. 


  1. I'll see this eventually, though probably not at the movie house. Will see it on ppv or from the library

    1. With the cost of movies these days, at least in this town, I don't like to go to the theater. It's cheaper to wait for the DVD, even taking early bird matinee prices into account. But every once in a while, She Who Must Be Obeyed needs to be indulged.