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Friday 2 August 2013

VIEWED: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

My trailer review for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey said...

"So, will the box set be available with six special edition discs? What will make it special is that they will be packaged in the order in which J.R.R. Tolkien wrote them and they will be placed in a commemorative box where the discs will only fit in the proper order because each disc will have special packaging. Rest assured that the commemorative box will be made of a much stronger paper than regular post-it note paper. If you had already purchased the LOTR trilogy, you will be disappointed to know that in order to get the commemorative box, you need to purchase the entire 6 disc box set and even if you managed to get the box, your discs wouldn't fit because of the new special packaging.  But if you act now you'll get a seventh limited edition making of, director's cut, deleted scenes and craft services shenanigans and it will come in an even more special commemorative box with a special place for disc 7.  Please note that you'll have to pre-order now and it will be available in early 2014.

What does this have to do with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie trailer?  Well, nothing."

My teenage nephew and I watched it a few nights ago.  He had seen it before and loved it.  I couldn't seem to get into it.

Martin Freeman seemed to play Bilbo the same way he played Arthur Dent in that terrible film version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and not unlike the character Tim he played in The Office. Very disappointing for me because I really like Martin Freeman.  In fairness, he did have some strong moments, but they were only moments in a very long film.  Sorry Martin.

Every time the Dwarfs gathered I kept anticipating, "Hi ho, hi ho...."  You know, from Snow White.

Like most, I watched it knowing the Lord of The Rings Trilogy and seeing all the signs that brought our lovable characters to the LOTR quest.  And though I was excited to watch the film, as the story unfolded, it just didn't do anything for me.

You know which characters survive to appear in LOTR.  You know what happens - it's just the journey that makes it entertaining or not on film.  This journey seemed like a film for the purists and fans because they will probably like it regardless of how good it really is.

I've heard someone much wiser than me say that the meaning of life IS the journey.  May be...

While it had all the elements of the epic story, it seemed to me to lack the wonder and awe of the LOTR movies.  And to think there will be two more of these films...

I can't really say that this is "unexpected."


  1. Wrong. These movies are near flawless. Hang your review head in shame.

    1. You must be a purist. I respect that. Thanks for the comment.

  2. I am an Awesome-Movieist. The LOTR series are awesome. Peter Jackson is near flawless. Cough Lovely Bones Cough

    I believe you over analyzed instead of enjoying the ride. Long live Middle Earth!

    To "The Wife" I say, "I can't wait to eat your food."