I finally got to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Peter Jackson did it again! What a great movie!
Before seeing the flick, I got prepared. Over a course of a week I watched The Lord of the Rings movies and read The Hobbit. I didn’t want to miss one tidbit of reference to the events to come in Middle-earth. I also wanted to see where Peter Jackson puts his own creative stamp on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel.
Mr. Jackson does put his own spin on the story. There are many events that don’t happen in The Hobbit that come into play in the movie. They are mentioned in the book, but not in detail, like The Necromancer. The extra detail is helpful, though, in making an otherwise boring treasure hunt journey more important and exciting.
However there are minor annoyances with Mr. Jackson’s creativity. The way Biblo greets the dwarves in the beginning of the movie makes him seem less hospitable than how he is in the book. Mr. Jackson has Biblo the hero with the trolls, not Gandalf, probably to speed up the importance of the hobbit. The director also has Bilbo escape the goblins and find The Ring a different way than in the novel. The riddle game between Gollum and Biblo does seem forced, unlike in the book where it seems natural to have a game of questions. I digress as they are, as I said, minor annoyances and if you didn’t read the book, you wouldn’t notice. The book is always better than the movie.
Overall the movie is amazing. I’m really happy that many of the songs in the book are kept in the movie. I got goosebumps when Thorin sang about the devastation of Erebor, The Lonley Mountain. There are a few references to Sauron, the main baddie in The Lord of the Rings, which helps foreshadow the events to come in the later movies. Can’t wait until next year to finally see Smaug, the dragon!
Oh, and I got to meet some really cool people doing some cosplay.