I know what you're thinking. This review is coming a little late, I was planning on being first in line on the opening screening to this movie, but due to some family commitments, I was unable to see it ... That is, until now. I was in no way sceptical when I first heard this was being released, nearly a year and a half ago I was told that they were working on this. Although I hate to admit it, I did squeal with excitement like a young girl getting her first Barbie doll. This was the best Christmas present I could receive, thank you Peter Jackson. But enough background, time to get on with the review.
The Hobbit is a prequel to the fantastic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, arguably the best series of books and movies brought into this world by J.R.R Tolkein and Peter Jackson respectfully. I heard a lot of talk about how The Hobbit will only destroy the success the trilogy had, that it would fail miserably. Well, I hope these sceptics and critics actually went and saw the movie, because in my completely and utterly honest opinion, it only does the other three a huge justice.
The cinematography was absolutely beautiful, especially when viewing it in 3D. I felt like I was there, in Hobbiton, in Rivendell, in Middle Earth. It is enticing and captivating, to the point of complete immersion. I felt like I was apart of the group, following them in their adventure. The special effects were fantastic as expected from Peter Jackson, the orcs looked as real as ever. That's a great thing for a fantasy movie to do.
The music was absolutely delightful, and, like the cinematography, it is immersible. Being an owner of the original soundtrack from all three Lord of the Rings movies, I was pleasantly surprised that they kept the music practically the same, in no way was this a bad thing.
I left the movies a bit stiff in the legs, but struck in awe with what I had just seen. It's been about thirty minutes since I got home from the cinema, and I could wholeheartedly say that I could watch that movie, start to end, right now. I was left completely satisfied on a visual, auditory and emotional level. I don't often get emotional over movies, but The Hobbit was so compelling, I was often anxious, fearful, excited and even inspired. I felt as though I could pick up a sword and slaughter a charging orc, though these are only fantasies.
If you haven't already seen it, I urge you to go and experience the movie of the year. I don't see much topping that movie for me this year, or the year after, or the year after that, until the second movie comes out. If you have seen it, then no doubt you should feel the overwhelming sense of need to see it again.
I'd give this movie a 10/10, easily. Fantastic movie, practically perfect in every way, I have not one bit of distaste, or disappointment from this movie. I left the cinema, a very please customer.