Re: The Hobbit - Worth watching? Your thoughts please
I'm having a difficult time expressing my opinion about this. People who know me know that this is a rare occurence :P
There were parts of the movie that were absolutely fantastic. The entire scene where Bilbo meets Gandalf and the company of dwarves is great, the riddles-scene with Gollum is great. There were actors that were really well-cast: namely Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and ofc Andy Serkis as Gollem. There was scenery that looked amazing: the dwarven city under the mountain, the Shire, the misty Mountains (waay better than in LOTR), Rivendell.
But then there was quite alot of bad in this film. The film feels stretched out. There is so much filler: Every scene with Radagast for instance. The introduction with old Bilbo and Frodo. The entire backstory of Thorin and the white Orc. Most of the scenes in Rivendell. The scene with the stone giants is stretched and has stupid CGI, even the scene in Goblin-town feels bad.
There are loads of unnecessary characters: Radagast, the white Orc, old Bilbo, Frodo, Galadriel, Saruman, did I mention Radagast? Other than Thorin, the only dwarves that are memorably are Balin and Fili. Balin has a counselling role and is kind to Bilbo throughout. Fili shoots a bow and arrow and as a result has more screentime. The other 10 dwarves are all completely forgettable.
Then there is look and feel of Middle-Earth and it's inhabitants. This was done to absolute perfection in LOTR. Here it just isn't. Most of the dwarves look silly and un-dwarflike. The goblin king looks stupid. Radagast looks..well he shouldn't have been in there anyways.
The added humour is awkward and bad. Especially the goblin king, and ofcourse Radagast.
I could go on, but I won't. I am abit of a fantasy geek, and I like Tolkien's work alot. I understand that most of the extra stuff they've chucked in is in the appendices, but my question is why? The answer is ofcourse money. It mostly disrupts the storyline.
I guess I'm disappointed.