The hobbit : An unexpected journey [based on the book by] by dir. by

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  1. Harlequin

    "he went on adventures with some dwarves looking" – well, that just sounds… wrong. :-)

    I loved it too and had also low enough expectations. I was also a bit put off by all the dwarf japery in Bag End and the Old Bilbo framing device. But once that was past, I just grinned all over my face so many times! The music! Hobbiton! Rivendell! It was like being back home again. I loved it.

    Presumably by the end of the the third film, all the dwarves will have gotten a bit more screentime each but in this film the ones who stood out for me were Kili (because I ADORE Aidan Turner and he's not only pretty and badass, he's a gorram archer to boot and I love me an archer) and of course, Thorin. Richard Armitage has been on my radar for a few years now and I was so pleased when he was cast because he's a terrific actor who doesn't get much recognition. But what he did with Thorin exceeded all my hopes. He was WONDERFUL. He became Thorin, just as Viggo became Aragorn. I'm so looking forward to seeing more of him next time.

    Other standouts were of course Ian McKellan, very much grumpier but still awesome as Gandalf, Andy Serkis utterly perfect as Gollum (I'm assuming we won't see any of him in the next film and it is SUCH a shame) and Martin Freeman was a fantastic Bilbo.

    My favourite scenes were the bits in Rivendell, with all our old friends gathering together – and lovely Bret McKenzie's cameo! – and the terrific fight-and-flight sequence in the Great Goblin's cave. Also thoroughly enjoyed the dwarven diaspora backstory – so, so sad! And Bilbo's reason for remaining with the Dwarvenship when he really wanted to go home was wonderfully well done.

    All in all, I'm very happy. It's still not up there with the glories of LotR but very damn close. And I am already shivering with anticipation at the thought of the Battle of the Five Armies, when Jackson did such wonderful things with the battles in Two Towers and Return of the King. I want the hairs to stand up on the back of my neck as they still do when I even THINK of the March of the Ents, the Ride of the Rohirrim or Aragorn's speech at the Black Gates. I also know that I will be crying my eyes out, just as I did over Theoden King. *sniff*

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