The forthcoming Hobbit movie
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Thorin Oakenshield
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Post#1 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:31 pm

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

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Post#2 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:57 pm

I truly believe Martin Freeman was born to play Bilbo Baggins. Say what you will about the rest of the movie, but you simply cannot deny he played Bilbo marvelously.

Can't wait for more.

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Post#3 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:13 pm

Wow, Thorin! It's great to see you again! blush I can't believe you haven't seen the movie for so long! ;)

I agree about M. Freeman's play, he has a such a great variety of faces as Bilbo - from 'Of course! I'm a Baggins!' to 'I can't believe this is happening!' - he is very hobbit - like in the movie. My favourite part would be the scenes with Gollum, when we can read so many emotions from his face, especially knowing how this particular moment affected the whole history of Middle Earth. I'm very happy that this scene was played so well.

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!

Exactly. I was delighted to see the line too.

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Post#4 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:51 pm

Just watched it again last night (4th time) on Blu-Ray with my living room setup....WOW!! I think I liked it more than in theaters. I think the dwarves as characters are actually excellently played, but they could've done soooo much better with the looks. I mean, Kili barely has a beard!! Just a light scruff. Bombur looks a bit overdone, and Thorin, well....I also didn't like how they made the dwarves hate the Rivendell elves so much. Just unnecessary, imo...

But the inaccuracies are really quite tolerable. Some are major ones, like Azog, but they still make a good storyline that stays true to the original plot. The troll scene (mostly) and Gollum's scene were just fantastic. Its the little things that make up for it. I think it's a great movie and like LOTR will just get better and better.

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Post#5 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:44 pm

While I liked the movie I wasn't enamored with it. For me problems included a) length - it was too long; b) unnecessary bits like Radagast the brown; and c) the pace of it... which is kinda a) in a way.


However, I DID like the fight scenes and I appreciated the riddles appearing in the confrontation between Bilbo and Gollum, even if they probably went over a large proportion of the audience's heads. :-)

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Post#6 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:27 pm

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.

I loved that line too! I saw the movie three  times in a single month. Oh, it was a very merry Christmas for Clover! The whole "Good Morning" exchange was endearing as well. I always thought it really clever in the books and they translated it well onscreen. 

The dinner was just as I imagined in the books. Love the dwarf songs and the rolling plates! I also though Rivendell was beautifully serene. It was very similar to the Rivendell we see in LOTR and I think it stood as a testament to the enduring beauty of the Elves. It's like nothing evil could touch this place. sad

I could probably have lived without whole Azog bit; I thought it seemed contrived, but I can understand the producers' need to insert a main villain into the first movie (since both Smaug and the Necromancer are still lurking in the background). 

Can't wait for the second one! The trailer looks exciting!

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Post#7 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:12 pm

Where the movie stayed closest to Tolkien I feel it worked best. Nearly the whole of Bag End was excellent, I thought. I wonder if the earlier parts were the Del Toro directed parts? I suspect Pete Jackson's touch  here and there at Bag End, but much of Bag End seemed different to his style. The Radagast and Azog parts seemed far less effective.  

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Post#8 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:27 am

I like The Hobbit, but not as much as LOTR. I think, that's because of so much digital. Of course i understand, that TH was written to Tolkien's kids, maybe that's why PJ did that. I think so. Trying not to think, that it was done to save money :).

Strange, but soundtracks to LOTR i liked more too. To TH soundtrack is little "darker". Sorry for my english, dont find words to explain. It was pleasant to hear music, horn sounds from LOTR

Azog was not very interesting. We liked Great Goblin with my kids WERY MUCH. Of course, it was great cartoon chatecter (but again, for me it was a bit sad, that the line between mystic and real was just broken and made everything to cartoon).

Dwarves were interesting. I did not feel any good feelings to Thorin while reading the book and it's interesting how PJ will kill him in third film, when made me love him a little in first film:). Bombur many  times was with "empty" eyes. And when i understand, that dwarves as actors (almost all) play only with eyes (all the body is in makeuped), then i am just upset.

Of course :...there lived a hobbit..." made my heart cry of joy.

Martin Freeman in born to play hobbit:)). love like wow:))

Sorry for my english. I see, that i do not find the words to explain my feelings:).

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Post#9 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:44 pm

Your English is fine Luthien.

Ive watched it three times now and each time Ive liked it mroe than the last.

Im not going to watch it again until the extended edition comes out.  Apparently we will be getting much more Bag End and more of Erebor's history....

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Post#10 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:57 pm

Oh, it should be great to see extended editions.

But when the film is long enough, interesting how long Extended ed.will be:)

What more about Bag end can be shown? Hm. There was very much things from book shown about it.

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