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Old December 24, 2012, 22:10   #1
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The Hobbit

I'm really surprised that there isn't a thread already started for this.

How did you all like the movie? Do you think it lives up to the LotR trilogy, or should Jackson give up and retire?

Personally, I think it's amusing that Thranduil rides a moose.
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Old December 24, 2012, 22:26   #2
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I'll probably wait for the DVD.
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Old December 25, 2012, 01:02   #3
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I'm waiting for the Extended Edition. I'm going to have a marathon and watch The Hobbit followed by LotR.

It was actually very well done for the most part. It's like The Hobbit + The Silmarillion and it works.
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Old December 30, 2012, 02:02   #4
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I thought it was awesome, though I think Peter Jackson is milking it a little too far making three 2-3 hour movies out of such a small book. Still enjoyable to watch.

And I think it's an elk that Thranduil rides, not a moose, but I'm not an expert.
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I'd give it ~7.5/10. The unexpected party and riddle game were awesome. Could have done w/out the pale orc. As much as I'd like it to be less bloated, I'm excited to see the next two movies.
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I'd give it ~7.5/10. The unexpected party and riddle game were awesome. Could have done w/out the pale orc. As much as I'd like it to be less bloated, I'm excited to see the next two movies.
Yep, pretty much concur.
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Yeah, Azog isn't really necessary, but it's still very enjoyable.

I saw it for the fourth time this past weekend, and I now have three different continuity errors that I'm trying to wrap my head around. Did anyone else find it strange that Thorin has the skill to pull his shield out of hammerspace when fighting Azog? Nowhere in any of the previous shots did I see his shield, and then suddenly there's flames and it appears on his arm dramatically.

@Monkay - Yeah, it's almost definitely an elk he's riding, or a reindeer, but a moose is what I thought it was at first.
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Just got around to watching the Hobbit. It was pretty good. Those dwarves were hilarious. Can't wait to see the other movies when they come out.
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Here at oook I hope some folks will immediately appreciate this opinion. If you like the Jackson LotR movies, you'll like his Hobbit. If you were like me mostly disgusted and appalled by Jackson's interpretation of LotR, you'll hate this Hobbit.

Soooo tedious, and so much unnecessary. Why does he feel compelled to add things that Tolkein didn't? Arwen in LotR, Azog in the Hobbit, as well as Galadriel in Rivendell. And soooo many details. It was Bilbo who deduced the hand was pointing towards a secret door! And Bilbo didn't fall and have the ring accidentally pop onto his hand (same as Frodo in Jackson's LotR), he was fiddling with it in his pocket well before meeting Gollum when he first slipped it on. And Rhadagast???? Not in the Hobbit. It was Gandalf who went and explored the rumors about a dark power in Mirkwood. Bah!

And the stupid fight scenes that went on and on, with the totally unbelievable survival of the dwarves after that brigde fell, etc. Liked some of the touches in the goblin kingdom, like the little messenger guy, but without expanding on it, I felt like the movie left potentials unexplored.

And, another continuity thing, how the hell did Azog find the party on the other side of the Misty mountains so easily without tracking them through the caves?!?

And Gwahir never spoke to Gandalf explaining how the Eagles' help was a returned favor.

Just so much rotten about this movie.

Still, as I did with Jackson's three LotR movies, I'll watch all the hobbits more than once, and probably like them better the 2nd and 3rd times when my panties aren't in such a knot over the little things. After all, it's awesome to see Tolkein's work reach such a mass audience.

Though for me, Rankin & Bass's Hobbit animated movie was 10x better than this effort by Jackson.

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