You know it’s going to be a good movie when you remember what it’s like to be a child, fueled only by books and imagination, the moment the opening score starts.
I never notice how long Peter Jackson’s movies are. I know most people complain about that, but really, I never notice. This was no exception. I ended up seeing it in 3D which was unexpectedly neat. Had none of the problems with the “massive world-ending headaches” that have gotten so much press. All in all had a great time seeing one of the rare movies I actually get to see in the theater.
Radagast the Brown - he was one of my favorite characters as a child and I have to say he was translated onto the screen perfectly.
Bilbo - Martin Freeman was perfectly cast as a young Bilbo. Really. I wondered how they were going to find someone to play off Ian Holm, but they did it.
If you’d ever told me any of the hundreds of times I’ve read this book that I’d ever utter the phrase “hot dwarves” in conjunction with any of the characters I’d grown so familiar with I’d have called you crazy. Yet, Fili and Kili proved me wrong, and were just as jovial as I’d imagined they should be.
And, while we’re talking about “hot dwarves” - Richard Armitage. I’ll admit, I was slow to come around on this one. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the man, and he certainly has that quirky sort of non-traditional attractive thing going for him that I like so much, but I just didn’t really get it. I can officially say, I get it. Thorin was always one of my favorite characters, and he more than did him justice. (Also, I hadn’t quite attached myself to the idea of R.A. as Nathaniel Howe, mostly because it’s so hard for me to see Nathaniel as anyone other than himself. But I can honestly say that I am now fully on board with that idea.) Yeah… the man is glorious. And the nose… Okay, so I have a thing for noses, DON’T JUDGE ME!
Last but not least Cate Blanchett. I honestly do not think anything as perfect exists anywhere else in the world.
Alright… fangirling over. Back to your normal business.