I'm very lucky, not only is my favorite book now a movie but it's also an awesome one at that. I'm talking of course of The Hobbit, which is not going to be one but three separate movies.
I know a great deal of people think that it would have been better suited as one long film. But I'm quite looking forward to two more movies. Of course as I've said it's my favorite book ever.
The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventure with a company of Dwarves to the Lonely Mountain. Yes it's as Randall from Clerks says a bunch of guys walking to a mountain, it is still an excellent story. But this film does not take you all the way to Smaug, it only takes you through a part of this journey. I can't say much more without spoiling the plot let's just say it is filled with fun moments and great action.
Martin Freeman who I've been a fan of for quite a time since Htichikers Guide to the Galaxy and also Sherlock, is perfect as Bilbo. He has a great arc through this movie of being the weakest of the bunch to a full-fledged hero. And the Dwarves scorn of him and his cowardly nature brings up some great drama.
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oalkenshield is excellent as well. You can really understand why someone would go with him on such an insane quest.
And Ian McKellan pulls off another wonderful performance as Gandalf the Grey. It was a little up in the air when they were planning this series of films whether or not he would return. It's excellent that he did, I doubt anyone could play the role to such perfection.
The film also has truly impressive effects from WETA. They have become one of the greatest effects houses in the movies today. Their work will make your jaw drop on more than one occasion. I know mine did.
Another plus is that while the film is PG-13 rated there are only a few frightening things in the film. It's not excessively violent nor is it full of foul language it's a perfect fit for the whole family.
The only gripe I have with not only The Hobbit but even the Lord of the Rings trilogy is that there is so much action when most of Tolkien's books were about the interactions of the characters. I don't really hate it but I feel they go a little against Tolkien's fables.
That's really my only negative. Everything else is pitch perfect. It is an enjoyable ride that I will look forward to watching again and again. Five Stars.
I've added a link to the film's content advisory page here. A link to the film's website here. And a link to where you can buy not only the movie on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Blu-Ray 3D here, here, and here, but also a link to the page where you can buy the book because it is definitely worth reading and that link is here.
But this is a film for all ages to enjoy so check it out. Peace Out.