Latest ‘Hobbit’ adventure is a bit on the cute side
Is it crazy to call a three-hour movie kid-friendly? No, not when it is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Attending the movie with my brother’s family (including a teen, pre-teen and eight year old), the youngest, Will, was not happy when the adults agreed that The Hobbit was not nearly as engaging as the original trilogy. Will thought it was terrific, and the proof was that he was mostly quiet and attentive for those three hours.
The Hobbit is less dark than the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which is another element that makes it more enjoyable for the younger set.
As the bah humbug grown-up, my biggest complaint about this latest adventure in Middle-earth is that it is three hours worth of set-up for the next movie, which is what made this grown up grumpy.
Wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) visits his friend the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and asks him if he is interested in having an adventure. Content in the Shire with a loaded pantry and a quiet, happy life, Bilbo turns down the offer.
However, it turns out Gandalf is the Godfather of Middle-earth. His request is, apparently, “An offer you can’t refuse.”
Bilbo is soon watching in dismay as 13 ravenous dwarves eat their way through all his food. Bilbo is asked to help these dwarves reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. While still reluctant, he eventually joins the dwarves and marches into danger wondering why he is doing this.
Led by the warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the group is soon doing battle with the usual suspects, Goblins and Orcs (how do you tell them apart by the way?) and climbing a mountain that is actually giant rock people who decide to have a throwdown while covered in dwarves. Bilbo also finds himself in a one-on-one battle with Gollum when he gets lost from the group.
The problem with The Hobbit is that these characters are not nearly as interesting as Frodo, Sam, Aragon, Gimli and Legolas from the Ring movies. We just don’t learn as much about them. In addition, their adventures along the way to get to the “great adventure” Bilbo has been asked to join, aren’t compelling enough to make us forget that a battle with a super dragon is what we were expecting.
It’s finally here: the end of Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth. While fans have spent the past couple Decembers cheerily quarreling over whether the director’s three-film adaptation of The Hobbit, transforming a single modest-sized novel into a trilogy of overlong movies, was worth all those hours of footage.
Well 12-12-12 passed and we are still here. Of course some doomsday experts insist that those kooky Mayans predicted the end for Dec. 21, 2012, so we have a few more days anxious days ahead. Therefore, in celebration of the end, here is a list of enjoyable end-of-the-world movies.
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