In this 1st installment of the trilogy Bilbo the hobbit is living a comfortable life until one day when Gandalf the Grey shows up at his door and invites him on a quest. The quest, if he chooses to accept, is helping dwarves retake their homeland, The Lonely Mountain, from a dangerous dragon named Smaug.
Along the way they face challenge after challenge that even Gandalf was not expecting, including a certain ring that well… wants to rule them all.
What I liked:
- The nerd happiness I felt seeing familiar characters and being back at The Shire or Rivendell.
- Pure eye candy, looks amazing (I did not see it in 3D and it still looked great)
- The back story about Smaug taking over the mountain and it’s treasures.
- Martin Freeman as Bilbo. With all those dwarfs and wizards running around he made a memorable character without being cheesy or over the top.
- That Peter Jackson achieved the lighter tone of this story. (where as LOTR is darker)
- The Gollum and Bilbo riddles in the dark scene was amazing start to finish, loved it!
- The kids reaction down the row from me at the end when Smaug opened his eye
Where You Lost Me:
- Although I didn’t find the drawn out story too bad, I’m a little worried about the next 2 parts and how much filler will be added. Should have stuck with 2 movies as opposed to 3.
- The Brown wizard, just wasn’t my cup of tea.
- Yes it looked nice but there was a little too much computer involvement for me. I would have loved for the white orc, Azog, to be more of the actor and less of a computer generated face same with the goblins and goblin king. It made them scarier in LOTR, for me anyway.
- Saruman not looking at anyone at the table scene in Rivendell. I know Christopher Lee was ill and could not travel to shoot so he was added in, but it drove me nuts.
- Which dwarf is which again? I tried to pay attention to the differences in them to keep track of who was who but it can get a little crazy.
- The escape from the Goblin king… now where have we already seen this before…
It Needed More:
- In this case it needed less, as mentioned above, computer enhancing on some of the characters.
- More of that riddle scene, I think a few were missed…
- Of the brown wizard guy and his bird poop face. Ew.
4 sandwiches out of 5. Enjoyed being back on an adventure in a place I love to visit.
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.