DeRosaWorld visited Middle Earth this Holiday Season to see the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure by Peter Jackson, et al.
We selected the non-3D screening.
After three action-packed, I’ll even say kick-ass, hours of Hobbit, Dwarf and Wizard adventure that seemed more a commercial for a Game or a Ride at Disney World, I was exhausted… and I think only at page 24 of the original book.
J.R.R. Tolkien wouldn’t recognize his story or his characters. Don’t get me wrong, this is a terrific movie that incorporates all the latest technology and dare I say wizardry, that Hollywood can buy for $250,000,000.
But as Tolkien worked in different styles for The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings... I always thought of The Hobbit as more of a fairytale for kids and the The Lord of The Rings as written for the more serious Elf and Dwarf coinsurer… Mr. Jackson, et al just picked up sword, ax and wizard’s staff from LOTR trilogy and swung with as heavy a hand for The Hobbit… loping off any and all Goblin, Ogre and eventually, I guess Dragon head that gets in their way.
Bilbo Baggins is a tough little bunny. And Gandalf the Grey takes no prisoners, wielding that staff like a martial arts expert from a Quentin Tarantino film. Fuck Django, the Wizards in The Hobbit inflict more carnage per minute on gooey goblins and snot-filled trolls than Jamie Fox can fire off in the Old racist West. Leonardo DiCaprio has nothing on the Necromancer…. Necromancer? In The Hobbit?
Hells yes, motherfucker. And I said Wizard(s)… plural… we got Grey, we got White and we got Brown Wizards stomping mud holes in the folk of Middle Earth… and we’re no-ways near The Lonely Mountain by the end.
It is fun to watch the Wizards in this movie, Gandalph the Grey all tired, dirty and old, but with a twinkle in his eye and rrrrrrready to rrrrrrrrrrrrrrumble. Christopher Lee as the White… perfect hair and all over the top mysterious and sneaky, lying his ass off… and we even get a Brown Wizard… with bird shit in his hair who steals the show for a while. What does any of this have to do with Tolkien's The Hobbit? Not much, but its fun.
It came as a surprise that the Producers of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure are making a trilogy of it… there isn’t that much story in the book, but if the next two installments are as fun and action packed as this first one, then I guess fans will wait three years to see what happens to the Dragon and all that gold.