We went to a matinee today, and about 40 people showed up to see the movie. That one reason we love this particular theater. Plus these theater goers aren't the sort who answer their phones during the movie.
The movie (sadly) didn't really move me. Part of that was that I'd heard things beforehand. They weren't spoilers, but they were the kind of things that, once pointed out, were over-the-top noticeable...
1) Sexy Thorin. Seriously, he looked like a Guess Jeans ad for most of the movie. My husband thinks they were going for 'brooding', not 'pouty', but I saw what I saw...I was warned about this, so it was all the more obvious to my eyes.
2) Dwarf Mitchell. I just kept seeing Mitchell, no matter how much hair they added. Not that I don't think Mitchell's cute....but I know he's a vampire, so seeing him as a dwarf is just wrong.
3) The -shaggy- suits on the horses were my own personal pet peeve. Seriously? You couldn't find shaggy horses, you had to sew them suits of fake hair? Every time one of them walked past, I was wondering whether they had zippers.
ETA: A quick research trip onto the internet shows that this was due to the 'size' perspective issues....so that icelandic ponies were used in some shots, and in other shots they dressed up regular horses in 'pony' outfits. Yeah...
4) The over-the-top Rube Goldbergism. My limit was exceeded long before they escaped that mountain.
5) Too long for my tastes.
However, I'm sure that the movie will move some people to go see it over and over and over again....so I'm not the only voice you should be listening to. Go see it yourself, and make up your mind then.
BTW: When did Hollywood become so desperate for stories that they made a full length movie out of Jack and the Beanstalk? Seriously people? Wow.
Movie Review: The Hobbit
December 27th, 2012