Hello friends! Hope you have all been doing well!
I just finished watching the Hobbit for the first time! (yes I know its shocking ;) )
I loved the movie, and when the famous "In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.." line came on I nearly shed a tear. The guys did a really good job in keeping with the LOTR theme and most of the scenery was amazing!
I was delighted at how close the script remained faithful to the Book until the final moments of the movie. It left a bitter sweet moment as it didn't seem right to me the way Bilbo "proved" himself to the Dwarves.
I also find it a bit hard to like the 'movie Thorin' compared to the 'Book Thorin.' But it has been a long while since I last read the hobbit so I may be wrong there (I lent my book to someone who I wanted to share the world of Middle Earth with but I lost contact with that person and my books as well :( )
I must also commend the scene where Bilbo spares Gollum. The facial expression of Bilbo really brought life to Gandalf's "The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many" (or something like this) and I must say it could not have been better played or acted.
The depiction of Erebor was excellent and I think it is a great improvement to that of Moria which mostly left me disappointed. The Hobbit was the first book I read it the series and Moria had always interested me since the beginning.
I will end here and look forward to the 'sequel' and hope it will be just as good. :D