|Me on the way to the movie|
But, despite my qualms, I really liked the movie.
The Hobbit is a movie for already enthused LOTR fans. It makes a lot of references to events and people that casual fans might not get. At the same time, I haven't read The Simarillian and I haven't read any of Tolkein's books in years and I was able to keep up just fine. So maybe the references are a treat if you get them, but not a stumbling block if you don't.
There are a lot of fun but unnecessary digressions. Let's tell a story about Thorin's childhood. Again. This movie was nearly three hours long. Could they not find anything at all to cut out? I like the extended editions, but I don't necessarily need them in theaters. Despite these digressions, the movie was paced well. I never got board, and I left the theater feeling like it was a 2-hour, not a 3-hour movie. This may be a symptom of being a major LOTR fan and soaking up any bit of interesting story that exists.
The Gollum scene was great! I wish we could see more of him. And this song still gives me the chills. I love rumbling base.
What did you think of the moive?