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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:35 am

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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Sarc » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:12 pm

Just saw this, it moved painfully slow in some parts. I've never read the books so for me it's not so bad because I have zero idea as to what is/is not true to form. I saw this in 2D btw....though I will more than likely want to see what all the fuss is about in regards to 48 fps.

Things I liked. Once they got on the quest I thought it was fine. Seeing familiar characters, great. Gollum was great, Bilbo was awesome, thought everyone did well.

Things I hated. Liked seeing Elijah Wood, but something seemed...."off", can't put my finger on it. The big orc dude and troll things voices were NOT what I was expecting, definitely didn't like that. I know it's a movie but you fall down an F'ing crevasse on a big wooden platform and you have no injuries? I can suspend all belief for the sake of a movie but c'mon....really? Plus the whole stone giant thing had me going "wtf?", again it's a fantasy movie but that whole sequence, along with the 3 troll things had me bored beyond belief....Also if I had to name any character, especially the dwarves, besides the ones I know from the LOTR, I couldn't. I also had an F'ing hard time understanding wtf Gollum was saying during the whole Riddle in the dark sequence. I was lost and it wasn't the riddles, lol....

Can't wait to see smaug(?)

One other thing I enjoyed immensely is the fact that this "felt" like another LOTR movie, Jackson made me feel like this was in the same world as the previous movies, it looked the same, at least in 2D anyways. I also have to reiterate that I thought the acting was pretty decent, this just shows me Lucas dropped the ball with the PT....
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:51 pm

Listen, listen, precious (be sure your speakers are properly adjusted). My first attempt at a Hobbity mix:

Misty Mountain Theme:

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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby soxtalon » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:02 am

Love it! The transitions are seamless...Excellent work...as usual!
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:14 am

Thanks! It's more of a rough draft than anything - I'll have more cues available after the next two films (and CRs!).

My only issue with the theme is that it wasn't composed by Shore - he did arrange the orchestral portions.

Ah well, the rest of the score is him, though. B-)
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby herumorna » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:25 pm

Emperor's Prize wrote:Listen, listen, precious (be sure your speakers are properly adjusted). My first attempt at a Hobbity mix:

Misty Mountain Theme:

Podcast



(for a limited time only)



Nicely done mate!
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby strangebehaviour » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:25 am

Ok...

I saw it on Christmas Eve with my father. It has sort of become a tradition since we saw the other 3 on Christmas Eve.

The acting was brilliant and I felt that Martin Freeman (watch Sherlock-exceptional show!)did a great job of portraying Bilbo Baggins. But...I started to fall asleep during some parts. It just felt really slow to me. Overall, I enjoyed it and will see the second one but why are they making 3 films for 1 book?
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby soxtalon » Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:04 pm

Took the girls to see it while on vacation this time in IMAX. It worked better for me the second time through. The voices didn't bother me at all this time around - perhaps I was expecting it. In fact I think that helped all around. Not that AUJ was below my expectations...more that there were some differences in my expectations. Not worse...different. But without any precursory thoughts, I enjoyed the film even better than the first time.

The dwarves were still a bit jumbled (again a problem in the book as well) although again better this time around.

The only 2 problems I have now is

1. The structure which makes it seem like they travel, they meet some evil force, Gandalf screams "RUN!" they run and escape. They met some evil force, Gandalf screams "RUN!" They run and escape etc. It gets a bit repetitive.

2. The Hobbit was always about Bilbo's journey from Hobbit to Hero. So where to on that journey over the next 2 films? BUT that is something that might not be a negative depending on the quality of the next two...
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:40 pm

Saw this again a few days ago. I absolutely LOVE the extended Hobbiton scenes. Even Frodo's cameo (which is unnecessary, really) is still quite enjoyable to me. Azog, though, sticks out more and more as a sore thumb. And Radagast's quirks are quite irksome. Still, it's a fantastic, classic, if not transcendent, film.
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby soxtalon » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:59 pm

I have to tell you that I loved Frodo's cameo. I shouldn't have because it was SUCH pandering but for whatever reason it made me smile.
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:00 pm

Yup. Made me smile. And watching FOTR last night (well, the opening scenes before I fell asleep), seeing Frodo waiting for Gandalf made for a very cool connection.
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby soxtalon » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:02 pm

Hmm... I wonder if a fan edit may be in order when there is the eventual marathon. Start the Hobbit with the younger years, go through the trilogy and then at the end of the third Hobbit film, then watch the beginning of AUE and go into Fellowship :)
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Lord Tuvitor » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:04 pm

Lack of a theater is reason 9155 why I can't wait to finally leave this town and go back to a civilized part of the country :p
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:05 pm

Hmmm .... an interesting thought. Though, I do like framing idea that explicitly connects the telling of the Hobbit (Redbook of Westmarch) to Bilbo's writing beginning in Fellowship. If anything, I hope there's a scene at the end of the Hobbit films which shows Frodo adding the War of the Ring chapters to the book. That'd make for a nice bookend.
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby soxtalon » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:09 pm

Oh I agree and think it is quite nice...but it might make for a nice alternative viewing sometime :) I agree that it would be great to see that scene at the end as well :)
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Calandria » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:11 pm

Lord Tuvitor wrote:Lack of a theater is reason 9155 why I can't wait to finally leave this town and go back to a civilized part of the country :p


You've been saying that for how long? :p



On topic:

I actually enjoyed the Hobbit far more than I thought I would. Then again, i managed to catch a showing in English and in 2D! I absolutely abhor the 3D showings. I end up sea-sick at the end.

But I'm curious on how they're going to do the next movies. The story is by far shorter than the LOTR Saga and yet they slotted the same amount of movies.

As a side note: I finally got around to starting reading the book. Hobbit in English, LOTR in Italian. Fun stuff [face_meow]
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Lord Tuvitor » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:19 pm

Calandria wrote:
Lord Tuvitor wrote:Lack of a theater is reason 9155 why I can't wait to finally leave this town and go back to a civilized part of the country :p


You've been saying that for how long? :p


Oh, just a little over a decade now, but my head is out of my ass now so I can do this easy peasy now. A little self-confidence makes the whole world look different. Stay tuned. B-)
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:57 am

Me likey the new LT. B-)
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Ney » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:19 pm

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Still haven't seen the Hobbit. A lot of my friends told me to wait until DVD and that it shouldn't be three films. Decided I'm going to read the book instead.
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:15 pm

Reading the book is (almost) always the best option. Such is the case here, too. Still, the film is very entertaining and enjoyable. I get the dismay at stretching the films to three, and there are a couple of superfluous moments in the film, but I don't share the opinion that it was a mistake.
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Calandria » Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:33 pm

I'm undecided on the "mistake" thinking. I guess I'll have to see the other two first before I make up my mind on that point. But first I need to read the book and figure out how they plan to actually cut it up. I just hope they have less scenes with dwarves eating or groups of people running for other groups of people/things/monsters.
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Shaft » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:40 pm

If they could possibly keep the bird shit to a minimum in the next two movies, I'll be fine with them.
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Zaranne » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:02 am

Watching The Hobbit for the first time in REGULAR format (saw it 3D HFR opening weekend)
and I wonder if anyone noticed that the goblin king bears a striking
resemblance in voice AND design to Dexter Jetster...I'd love to hear
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby soxtalon » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:24 am

You know I honestly didn't connect the two until I read you mentioned it. And now I can't stop thinking about it. I may just have to watch again!
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Re: The Hobbit: Reviews, Reactions, and more!

Postby Emperor's Prize » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:30 am

There certainly is a similarity - particularly with their respective scrotum-chins. The voices are different ... the goblin-king seems a bit more dramatic than Dexter. But the comparisons are pretty striking.
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