I remember when I was in secondary school, maybe year seven or eight, and was told to read ‘The Hobbit’. Until this very day, I declare it to be the hardest book I’ve ever had to read. I just found it so hard to get through, and after a year of putting it down, picking it back up, rereading and finally finishing it; I think I only remember maybe two things that actually happens in the entirety of the book. In which, none of what has been remembered happens in the film I’ve just watched… One thing the film did have in common with the book is that it does need a lot of attention paying to – it’s not the easiest film to sit and watch, especially if you plan to understand everything that is going on.
Nevertheless, I didn’t mind the film. It is definitely the scene setter of the trilogy, the beginning of the three to announce all the back stories and character introductions. It has a lot of history stories to explain the mission of the dwarves. This is the tale of 13 dwarves, 1 wizard and 1 hobbit on a journey to return the rightful land back to the dwarves, who lost it so many years before and now is guarded by Smaug, the dragon. It’s an adventure of meeting a lot of different creatures, and risking lives across the fantasy worlds. A long walk is ahead of this group.
There are some fun scenes in this film. Well there has to be right? The action scenes are great to get lost into. They really are brilliant with effects as you become warped into this action adventure. I also really loved the scene with Gollum (Andy Serkis). Although, it does take a bit of concentration to understand all the words he is saying. But the whole scene was nothing I was expecting, I was absorbed into the character of Gollum, intrigued and left on edge throughout the whole thing. It was brilliantly executed and very intense to watch.
I do feel Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) didn’t have enough of an introduction to his type of character. I loved that is started from 60 years ahead, to return to the adventure story. But I didn’t really grasp the concept of why he was approached and I don’t think it was really explained. I couldn’t really tell you much of his character, but rather than that he just seems to collect artefacts along the way which become part of him (such as a sword and a ring). It did seem very random and out of the blue at the beginning of the film. Additionally, it has a lot of unnecessary talking where it just seemed to drag a bit too much. A film that was nearly three hours long, it is a long watch.
Overall, this is a good introduction. I think the action scenes stand for themselves in the best parts of the film. Yes, there were parts that I didn’t enjoy, and three hours is so long. But I think when it comes down to it, this introductory film will add a lot of understanding to the other two films. Well I’m assuming anyway, as that must be its soul reason for release. I’m not put off by The Hobbit trilogy from this film and I will watch the second two to try and conclude whether my remembering of the novel was as difficult as originally believed.