I read books. I’m not going to lie, but I have never read The Hobbit. I own the book but I’ve never actually sat down and read it. So when the movie entered theaters I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I did do was to experience it in 3D. So with snack and drink in hand, 3D glasses firmly in place I entered the theater prepared to either 1) absolutely hate it or 2) absolutely love it.
Ok, first mistake. Not emptying my bladder before the movie started. Having to run out in the middle of the film for a potty break is not something I like to do.
Second mistake, not anticipating how long and detailed the movie is. 3 hours for a movie? You are reaching, Jackson.
Overall, it was way better than I anticipated. The absolute details that you pay attention to in 3D was mind blowing.
Thoughts going thru my mind during the movie:
‘Is that guy riding a deer?’
‘What the hell is that?!’ (lots and lots of times)
‘Dude, really?’ (again, lots and lots of times)
‘Which one is that, again?’
‘Dude, you’re an asshat’
‘Cool!’ (lots and lots of times)
‘What did I miss?’ (after said potty break)
I remember one interview asking if the actor could give spoilers and his reply was accurately and comically true “I can’t really give spoilers for something that was published in the 1970s”
That being said: This movie exceeded my expectations ten fold. I wanted to see it again, and I was upset that I didn’t have the time (or money) to see it in theaters in 3D once more.
The cast of characters is expansive and, if you don’t follow it closely, confusing. I won’t going into it now, because it’s a monstrously long list of characters, and that’s just the first movie. There are still two more parts and I shudder if there are more that still need to be introduced.
If you want more details about the movie you’re just going to have to get up and go to the store to buy it. I am.
If some miracle, they decide to play it again in theaters before the release of the second movie this up coming year, I must urge you to GO AND SEE IT! IN 3D!
The Hobbit, available now on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Go. Buy it.