Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It's a pretty long list of reasons why I've always been a huge fan of Tolkien's books, one of the main ones being the way there is a million and one story lines happening parallel to each other. There's a lot of important information, as well as major and minor characters in each of these streams, contributing to the depth and the complexity of the story as a whole, and making the whole Tolkien universe a lot more of an intriguing place.
That is why, when the 3 Lord of the Rings movies officially took over the world, I was one of the very few people not to be that big of a fan of them. I did of course enjoy watching the spectacular visuals of the movies and many other great aspects of them. But my problem was with the amount of information, story pieces and even some very significant characters [Tom Bombadil being the best example] that were removed, in order to fit books of that magnitude into 3.5 hour movies. In my opinion, these modifications have altered the story line, and have caused irreparable damage to much of what Tolkien was trying to communicate through his stories.
When last year I read that for the single "The Hobbit" book, three movies were in production, I had to smile. I've been very much looking forward to seeing the movies, and last week I finally got to watch the first part, "An Unexpected Journey". As I suspected, having considerably more time means that the movie is a lot closer to the book than the LOTR movies. The important parts are all there, and the story hasn't really been altered in any way. And then there's of course all the visual gorgeousness and the lovely scenery, and the truly awesome collection of actors and actresses. On that note I must say I'm really happy with the choice of Martin Freeman as Bilbo, him being one of my favourite actors and completely perfect for the role too. Oh, and was anyone else excited to see "Being Human"s Aiden Turner as Kili? =D
So all in all finally there's a Tolkien book made into movie that I'm happy with. Now waiting impatiently for the 2 remaining parts....