The long awaited prequel to Lord of the Rings has arrived at last… or at least, the first part of it. With director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, producer of District 9) taking the reins, the LOTR ‘series’ got a push into modern cinema: perhaps a little too much. This film was made for IMAX 3D and you can certainly tell. However, it presented itself well and people’s worries about the frame rate didn’t show to be a problem. The film ran smoothly… it just looked modern. This, in a way, took away some of the charm, but on the other hand the digital scenes looked incredible.
Story-wise, some details from the book have been changed, but it all ties together well. While not sticking to the book completely, all of the changes seem to be for the better: including the white Goblin that wants Thorin dead. It’s still a little disappointing that the film has been made into a trilogy, but the movie ended in a satisfactory place. I had a couple of gripes,though. I think the creatures (orcs, trolls, goblins) talk too much, or sound too clean spoken. I half expected one to turn around and say ‘good day, dear sir!’… at least grumble and growl a bit? Also, at one point some eagles appear out of no-where… well, there was a slight preparation but you’d really need to have read the books, or be a Lord of the Ring’s fan, to understand it.
Overall, the Hobbit was a good experience. It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, but I do think that the digital modern film style steals a… feeling from it. However, it does look incredible and it is an entertaining film. I’d definitely say to go see it.