“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid… and he gives me courage. ” – Gandalf
Number of Times Seen – 4 (17 Dec 2012, 27 Jan 2013, 31 Dec 2013 and 12 Jan 2015)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Bilbo Baggins joins a band of Dwarves in their quest to reclaim their kingdom from a gold greedy dragon
My Take on it – I remember my excitement when I heard that Peter Jackson was going to film The Hobbit. As a kid, I loved the book and after having seen what he did with The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, I knew that he was the perfect choice to make this “Prequel”.
My one concern was the fact that they planned on expanding the book to 3 movies. I felt that it was a bit much, but since I knew how to put some faith in PJ, I assumed it would be done well.
I don’t usually get much of a chance these days to watch many movies in the theater, but after the amazing experiences watching all 3 LOTR films on the big screen, I knew that the first time I saw this it needed to be in the theater.
The visual effects are amazingly done and I felt that the story worked well within the context of the original novel, but still felt that some of the magic created in the LOTR trilogy just didn’t present itself here like it did there.
The atmosphere and tone stay on the “light” side of things and I enjoyed the way the characters were all presented to us.
Upon seeing it for the 4th time and as part of the whole trilogy, I must state that this is the best of the three and I feel that in the subsequent movies, they slightly lost their way.
It’s too bad they couldn’t build things up from here like PJ previously did in the previous Middle Earth series.
Bottom Line – The “lightest” of the trilogy and IMHO, the best of the 3 movies. The tone works well for the story and stays in territory that is very enjoyable. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy (lowered from original review)
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