I first discovered Hobbits when I was 12. I had not heard of Tolkien then and was quite happily living in Narnia, when I discovered Middle Earth.
For an extremely bored, annoyed 12-year old, The Hobbit was a beautiful discovery of dragons, little men, dwarves and adventure. Surprisingly, I don’t remember all the details of the book, except for the musty yellow pages and a book cover that has been changed many times over now.
I waited nearly two decades for the movie to be released, praying that Peter Jackson would be the one to direct it.
Peter Jackson remains true to the book. The Lord of the Ring series captured every painstaking detail of the book, yet managed to keep it simple. A book like LOTR was perhaps always meant to be made into a movie. The human brain tends to fizzle out when reading the entire book in one sitting. But while LOTR is big – big lords, big wars and bigger evils, The Hobbit is still in its infancy, as a book and as the movie.
The movie’s advance technology (which apparently people have been cribbing about) seemed quite awesome. This would perhaps feel overwhelming in a scene of sheer chaos, but when the fights are smaller and the characters are not as evil, it feels good to watch. It took me a while to adjust to the simpler plot. We kept expecting those big armies of elves etc.
The movie also seems a little inspired by Star Wars, particularly the Goblin King who resembles Jabba the Hutt, including that slightly sarcastic way of talking. Before people begin criticizing it, please do remember that this was a book for the kids.
And Gollum aka Smeagol… is it ironic that of all the awesome characters in the movie, we come out imitating Gollum and his precioussss and the talking styleses? He is creepy, vulnerable, calculative and absolutely, delightfully unpredictable. It would be worth watching the movie just for this one, schizophrenic scene between Smeagol and Bilbo Baggins. Of course, we could rave about the technology that made the 6 foot 1″ Richard Armitage as Thorin (quite majestically though… almost makes up for not having Aragorn in the movie) and other things.
But this is only the beginning and there are two other parts to go… quite a feat to stretch a small book into three parts without making it seem boring or long. And the movie, which is only 2 hours and 50 minutes and NOT 4 hours as some say, leaves you longing for the next part.
Here’s to the hobbitses.
Leaving you with the Soundtrack