Yup, it finally happened.
I am pretty sure all other bona fide Tolkien/Peter Jackson fans will say that I am truly not one of them because I waited until after opening weekend to watch the much anticipated Hobbit movie. But I suppose I've outgrown the thrill of waiting in line at midnight, plus, most of the time, I'm already sleeping at that time, the old lady that I'm shaping up to be. But that's for another blog post.
Last night, I skipped my merry butt to the theater, eager, anxious, curious to see how Jackson would make a trilogy out of such a skimpy children's book. I've decided that book-wise, The Hobbit isn't my favorite Tolkien. It's charming and cute, but ultimately not for me. Give me Elvish poems! Give me history! Give me appendices! The movie, likewise, is not my favorite Tolkien/Jackson. Don't get me wrong-- I enjoyed it IMMENSELY, but the parts I enjoyed the most were the orc battles, the chase scenes, and being able to recognize bits of music from the previous symphonies.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the dwarves ended up looking, and how varied they all were from each other. And though I've been religiously following Jackson's podcasts of the film, it was still a nice surprise to see how it all looked in the end in the movie. There was a lot of crochet going on with their costumes, as well as hair. But there are a couple of young hot dwarves in the mix, too. Yes, I said it-- hot dwarves.
Speaking of hot, Cate Blanchett looked immaculate as Galadriel. Her costumes were just plain gorgeous, and the shots taken of her were stunning. I swear, the woman doesn't age! Also, I thought they did a great job in making Elrond/ Hugo Weaving look more youthful by doing away with the robes that he wore in the LotR trilogy, and adorning him with some sleek, fitted trousers.
Jackon makes a point of connecting The Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings perhaps to pander to fans or to hook those who aren't familiar with the books. For me, some of those scenes dragged on way too long. The beginning was an especially slow part, and I was relieved when the company all finally left the Shire.
For those who watched the LotR movies, there are a lot of familiar faces in The Hobbit, and it was interesting analysing how they'd changed in perspective and behavior between these two story lines. Hours of conversation, people. Hours.
I don't want to spoil the movie for those of you who plan on seeing it in the future, so I'll stop here. Even though it wasn't my favorite, I am sure I'll end up watching it multiple times until the next part comes out and even after that. What can I say? I'm weak for anything Middle Earth.
Have you seen The Hobbit? What are your thoughts?