The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Short Review:


You’re going to see it anyways, so it doesn’t matter. But if you still care, it was ok, not great, not horrible, but could have been way those other LOTR movies.

Long Review:

I will be reviewing two things about The Hobbit, the movie itself, and the new 48 FPS (Hi Def).

48 FPS/ Hi Def

Let’s start with 48 FPS (which we do not have in Duluth). If you want to find the closest theater showing it, check this site out:

But don’t bother, ‘cus it’s not worth the two hour drive (unless you’re visiting Como Park and the Conservatory too, which is what we did, and it was awesome, but then just see it in an Imax theater). I couldn’t really tell the difference between the higher resolution/frame rate for The Hobbit (which I saw in 3D), compared with a other movies filmed for 3D. But when I did notice, it felt like I was watching a movie that was sped up for a Benny Hill effect. Not sure if this was intended or not (I don’t think so), but if it was I wouldn’t be suprised because of the overall feel of the movie, which seemed to be more geared towards younger kids than the preview Lord of the Rings movies.

On to the Movie

I’ll try not to give too much away, but because I read the book I will be comparing what I remember from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”. Now, I understand that comparing a movie to the source material is never fare. It’s never going to be as good as our own imagination. I get that. But here’s the thing, I already know what Peter Jackson’s imagination has done with Tolkien’s source material (ya know, LOTR) seems he forgot something much like George Lucas forgot something when he revisited his own made up universe when he made prequels.

And there seems to be three sources for The Hobbit movie. 1) the book 2) The Silmarillion (a book by Tolkien that explains more history of Middle Earth) 3) the imagination of the writers and creators of the movie...that is not Tolkien.

In Jackson’s defense, in Lord of the Rings he had already added a few things here and there, and this happens all the time in books made into movies. But each Lord of the Rings movie was ONE movie from ONE book. The Hobbit will be three movies...from ONE book. If Jackson simply used the entire Hobbit book as a script for the movie, it would definitely be longer than one movie, perhaps three, two hour movies. And if he just added source material from the Silmarillion, then obviously it would be longer.

However, he didn’t do that. After seeing the first installment of The Hobbit trilogy, it is clear that the decision to make it three movies was mostly a financial one, not a creative one. This is sad compared to the quality of the other Middle Earth trilogy. I don’t need to get into the nitty gritty of what was added, what was changed, what they left out, etc... (if you read the books, you’ll pick this up quick, if you haven’t, just enjoy what you’re watching) but my point is this, the movie is much more about action and silliness than what I cared for in a Middle Earth movie.

George Lucas had thirty years to forget how to make a good Star Wars movie, Peter Jackson forgot how to make a good Middle Earth movie only ten. Just saying it could have been better.

But who am I kidding, it already made 10 million, you’re going to see it anyway, so go ahead, go see it. Just don’t bother with the 48FPS.

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