« on: December 16, 2012, 09:00 PM »
We went and saw it yesterday, and I really enjoyed it. It was so nice to go back to Middle Earth again, and although I know it may not be enough info to spread throughout a trilogy, I am sort of glad to have more of these movies to look forward to again. I thought the beginning, although pretty accurate, was a little slow getting going. I loved the stuff with Gollum and Bilbo, and the action in the later parts of the movie was pretty great too. Also loved the musical callbacks to Lord of the Rings. Like I said, just nice to visit Middle Earth again, and kind of cool each time we got to see a character from those movies appear.
Like others, it doesn't compare to the Lord of the Rings experience to me either, but as a whole (like Scott mentioned) I can see what they are doing with the whole six film saga. The Hobbit story, while great, just isn't the same as the LOTR for me. I honestly didn't go into the Hobbit expecting to like it as much as Fellowship, Two Towers, or Return of the King...but I did still really like it, and hope to see it again. Plus, it makes me appreciate those previous films all over again (I've been rewatching them lately as well). I was maybe one of the rare ones here who hadn't read the books when I originally saw the movies in my early 20s. I started learning more about the books as the approach to Fellowship was building, and went the opening weekend and was just blown away. The other two films didn't disappoint either, but the feeling I had after seeing FOTR was one of those movie experiences I'll never forget. It was sort of a "how have I not read these?" moment, and the anticipation for the sequels was great. As I've said before, the Star Wars Original Trilogy are my favorite movies, but the LOTR trilogy are the best overall movies I've seen (particularly in the whole "nerdy" genre of movies). But, back to the Hobbit, I thought it was well done, and I hope to see it again. Already looking forward to the sequel next year.