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'The Hobbit' stumbles on first leg of its journey, critics say
lat ^ | December 14, 2012, 3:25 p.m. | By Oliver Gettell

Posted on 12/14/2012 4:35:29 PM PST by BenLurkin

Edited on 12/14/2012 4:38:42 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Although the first installment of Peter Jackson's three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel "The Hobbit" carries the subtitle "An Unexpected Journey," it wasn't entirely unexpected that the director would revisit Middle-earth after the worldwide success of his "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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To: BenLurkin

Whenever I hear rave reviews of a movie, I’m always let down. And when I hear a movie is awful I end up enjoying it. Hudson Hawk is great fun in my book (I’m a Bruce Willis fan) although I’ve heard it called one of the worst movies of all time. Just contrarian, I guess.

That being said, I’m a Tolkien purist & I’ve already seen scenes that just annoy the h*ll out of me. If I see it, it’ll be on tv in a year or two.

21 posted on 12/14/2012 6:01:30 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: BenLurkin

These are the same critics that picked some woody allen movie over Star Wars for best picture.

22 posted on 12/14/2012 6:37:50 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: BenLurkin
I just got back from seeing it.

I thought the movie was incredible!

Now if your expecting it to be the next Return of the King(The Greatest Movie of all time) it is not.

But it's not suppose to be.

I saw it in 3D. I must admit that was a mixed blessing.

I have a pretty bad head ache now and at the beginning when its all sunny, it feels like I'm watching it through a pair of shades.

But the 3D greatly improved when we went to Goblin Town and the Flight to Erebor was incredible!

So the Critics at the L.A. can go jump in The Long Lake!

23 posted on 12/14/2012 6:39:27 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: miliantnutcase

Yeah, what was up with showing the entire Star Trek movie in the previews before The Hobbit? It kept going on and on and on. Love Star Trek, but no reason to show the entire movie in the previews!

24 posted on 12/14/2012 6:54:48 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: icwhatudo

just about any movie would be better than Star Wars for best pic

25 posted on 12/14/2012 7:35:20 PM PST by jrg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When will Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series become a film?

They don’t have enough cellulose in the world to film that. I gave up on that “TRILOGY”, that “had to become 5 (then 6) books to finish the story,” after the 10th book.

I could not stand one more page of the women’s dresses & accessories being described in mnute detail, while waiting for Nynaeve to tug her braid at another unfortunate male.

26 posted on 12/14/2012 7:37:24 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Liberty Valance

The two movies are not in competition. I think you have the wrong movies. Django does not open until Christmas day. The ONLY way to compare the two movies financially is to release them the same time. Too bad your post is moot.

27 posted on 12/14/2012 7:56:10 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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28 posted on 12/14/2012 8:15:49 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: BenLurkin

The necessity to comment has driven me out of lurk-not-post mode for the first time in a long time. Critics be damned - I’d eagerly anticipated this for years, as The Hobbit was probably my favorite book growing up since reading it in jr high, even more so than the LOTR trilogy, so I took my kids (9, 11, 15) to the first showing this afternoon and we LOVED it.

Beautiful cinematography; funny - the dwarf arrival scene was priceless; charming - Bilbo’s demeanor was very well-suited to the book; casting was done well - Thorin especially stood out to me; and while some of the fight scenes required suspension of disbelief - how the dwarves and company could get through Goblin-town without injury let alone surviving the climactic fall had my 11 year old son and I rolling our eyes and laughing a little - overall it was quite an enjoyable adventure. The ring scene with Gollum was, to the best of my recollection, almost verbatum.

My 9 year old daughter, who granted has not read the books and has seen LOTR piece-meal, was not at all enthusiastic about going but left the theater saying “I stand corrected.” The embellishment of Randagast didn’t detract, IMO, and I’ll revisit the book and probably realize that I’ve forgotten enough that other changes didn’t jump out at me, but I do remember enough to feel as though a part of my childhood came to life today. I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen.

Oh and one more thing - the Great Goblin was so nasty he was hard to look at, kind of an orcan Jabba the Hut. :)

29 posted on 12/14/2012 8:16:23 PM PST by agrace
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To: BenLurkin

Saw it today. It was fairly good. It’s been a while since I read The Hobbit, but it does seem that Jackson is embellishing the story in order to stretch the plot out to three flicks.

30 posted on 12/14/2012 8:20:09 PM PST by Hootowl
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To: Reddy

I loved the Hobbit, and hated the ST preview. “Spock” is horrible, and I am glad I boycotted the first travesty.

31 posted on 12/14/2012 8:44:58 PM PST by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: agrace

It is my favorite fantasy fiction book. I still read it and smile the entire time until after the battle of five armies. I think the movie was great. I don’t agree with The Hobbit being in 3 parts but, I will watch them and read the book again while I wait for the next offering.

32 posted on 12/14/2012 9:40:15 PM PST by politicalamity
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To: freedumb2003

That’s the best description of their work that I’ve ever seen.

33 posted on 12/15/2012 7:19:39 AM PST by webstersII
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To: PLMerite


34 posted on 12/15/2012 8:13:04 AM PST by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: Erasmus

There’s a SNL skit in here somewhere...

35 posted on 12/15/2012 8:30:16 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: FerociousRabbit

>> but probably helped LOTR movie-goers who have never read “The Hobbit” since they are experiencing the movie as a prequel.<<

Makes you wonder what they would do with “Book of Lost Tales” or “The Silmarillion.”

36 posted on 12/15/2012 12:41:10 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: Liberty Valance

However, that does not mean that I don’t want Django to be a flop. I hope it makes less that a dollar.

37 posted on 12/16/2012 4:08:09 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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