Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Hobbit (1977)
Alright so a couple of weeks ago I finally read The Hobbit to prepare for the first movie in the new trilogy based on the work of the brilliant J.R.R. Tolkien. But while we wait, I have decided to review all of the animated versions of the books that were from back between 1977-80. So here's my review to the first of these films, The Hobbit.
Plot: Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who lives in the town called Hobbiton in the Shire. One day, the wizard Gandalf comes to his home and asks him to comes with him on a grand adventure with 13 Dwarves lead by Thorin Oakenshield to recover treasure from the evil Smaug the dragon who stole the Dwarves' home in the Lonely Mountain long ago.
If there's one thing I think we can all count on with the upcoming Hobbit trilogy, it's that it will at least be better then this movie. It does have points with making it more for kids and it's...fairly loyal to the book for what it's worth. But for one things I do have a reason I say fairly loyal to the book. They do change a couple of things that happen in the book, mostly stuff that happens during the second half. For another thing, it's... just dull and boring. There's hardly any energy in some of the voice acting, the animation is kind of interesting (especially with the goblins having two mouths holes or something like that. I thought that was sort of clever) but after that it's not all that remarkable. And then there's of coarse the music. It seems like they have music for anything that ever happens in this movie, and most of the music is not that great. And there's some things that they leave you that you wish they wouldn't if you've read the book like pretty any character development at all from really any of the main characters that's not Gandalf, Bilbo or Thorin. If you've read the book, then you'd think this film would work so much better as a kids film with some of the other Dwarves like Balin, Gloin and especially Bombur.
And that's my review for The Hobbit. it may work in some ways as a kids film, it's not that loyal to the book, doesn't do some of the main characters justice, and overdoes playing music that wasn't all that enjoyable to begin with.