Guys, you gotta see this.
The first thing I would like to say is: REVIEWERS SHOULD READ THE BOOK.
Ooh, what a concept.
You know how I know a movie is going to be good? When the Chronicle's reviewer doesn't like it. (Except for Twilight because I can agree on that.)
Anyway, reread the first sentence.
I HAVE BEEN WAITING THREE YEARS FOR THIS MOVIE.
Three years? Yes, from the day in 7th grade when my radio station announced, "Peter Jackson will be making The Hobbit; he was just having financial difficulties." And then I was out of bed, yelling my head off, running into walls and smashing down the hallway. I arrived in the living room and shouted the news to my dad. He stared at me like I'd gone mad and probably burned his toast.
I've been counting down ever since.
And this movie was not disappointing. Martin Freeman is THE PERFECT Bilbo. I loved him already from BBC Sherlock, but this....I can't even....And all our favorites were back: Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel....
Now, some of you (coughthereviewercough) may think the Necromancer plotline is making too much out of a small book. Well, it WAS in the book. It's what Gandalf was doing while the Dwarves were being idiots in Mirkwood. Anyway, I know that was vague, but I don't want to give spoilers.
And Elrond. *SQUEE* I'm one of those people who's read a long series of LotR fanfiction called the Mellon Chronicles on Legolas and Aragorn's friendship, so I have thus been influenced to have a sort of different view of Aragorn's adopted father. (Because that's how I think of him. With me still? Okay.) Now, my view of Elrond was The Hobbit's Elrond. Hugo Weaving was, as always, perfect. And we got to see more of Rivendell. I swear, Imladris is one of my homes away from home. I kept reaching for the screen and going, "My precious...." It's a LotR fan thing. XD
And I have more Elvish to learn! *happy dance* Most of it was Sindarin, but something Galadriel said could've been Quenya. Although Quenya was mostly written at the time of second War of the Ring.
The riddle scene was also brilliant, but my favorite part of the Misty Mountains scene was when Bilbo decided (spoiler alert if you don't know LotR) not to kill Gollum. You can just hear Gandalf and Frodo's conversation from The Fellowship of the Ring: "It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he had the chance." "Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand."
The battles were extensive and frequent, but nothing happened that wasn't in the book. The Dwarven company does get chased around my orcs a lot in the book so the (spoiler alert) Pale Orc plot was an alright addition instead of random orcs following them around. I didn't love it, but I allow them that because I allowed Elves to come to Helms Deep (<3), and Eomer to be banished, and Estel (Aragorn, guys) to be tossed of a cliff. Of course, the part with the Necromancer wasn't as stressed in the book, but when Tolkien wrote the book he didn't even know the importance of the Ring yet. It wasn't until later that he made it the One Ring, yadda, yadda. But the most awesome movie-makers decided to tie the plotline of The Hobbit in with The Lord of the Rings . I'm not criticizing because these things they decided to alter are alright because that is what they became when LotR was written.
This movie made my year, really. I've been waiting so long.... I don't really agree with splitting the book into three movies though. Originally I thought it was going to be two and I was okay with that. I got the place they split this one almost right; just a chapter off. But I really can't think of how they're going to make a third. Unless, of course, they spend an entire movie in Mirkwood. Which I wouldn't mind, really, unless it was just constant Dwarf stupidity. Because they really were stupid and starving running around in the woods. Can you tell I'm a huge Elven fan? The poor Elves; they're not being mean, they just don't trust easily after the Necromancer. Dwarves: FOLLOW THE LIGHT!!!!! Me: >_<
If I could, I would be doing extensive LotR fanart/fiction. But I don't think I could ever write for it, or draw (because I'd want to draw people like Arwen and places like Rivendell and that would fail). I'll just quietly sit in awe....Until I ever get off my lazy bum to teach myself how to draw....And for those of you who know the story: Eowyn! Deryn approves, don't you think?
I wantsss to see it again, preciousssss....