Gollum in Wellington

I sloped off mid-morning to indulge in a sit in the dark for the first installment of The Hobbit.  It was wonderful in a Lord of the Rings type of way.  The similarities in story and style are understandable – same author (Tolkien), same film-maker (Peter Jackson and crew), same country (NZ looking wonderful though often foreboding), same music sometimes as well.
But well done it is and I am committed to seeing the trilogy through.
Highlights: Gollum – what a treasure of torn and tortured humanity he is; Martin Short Freeman as Bilbo – inspirational and adds some depth and humility that Elijah Wood’s Frodo never managed in LTR; NZ – rich landscapes and wonderful cinematography as we expect; Peter Jackson – nice touches – the movement of moths in and out of the sleeping dwarf were just what we like about you; Barry Humphries in his best role yet; Neil Finn’s closing track – superb as always; and a few scenes in particular – dwarves on a spit, some wonderful flight sequences, and the assortment of horrible monsters that lurk beneath… nice!


9 thoughts on ““Hobbitses”

  1. What a load of waffle you speak sometimes, dear Brother Mart. And you, you of all people, you a man of culture and fine taste, of good wine and incredible women and loud songs. To be sure, I agree with your assessment regarding Martin Short. Furthermore, I thought that the soundtrack and special effects were outstanding. But I’m afraid that that’s about as far as any genuine devotee of Tolkien could possibly go. For while the special effects were incredible, I also found them to be a distraction rather than a servant to the film. More substantially, I reckon that Jackson’s franchise has all but lost any real semblance of light and dark, and of the subtle modulations of pace, that so characterise Tolkien’s brilliant work, and which are, to be sure, evident in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. In short, Jackson’s increasing Holywoodisation of Tolkien’s colourful and musical narrative represents a flattening of Tolkien’s fascination with the surds and joys of life itself. Instead of taking us in Tolkien’s world, Jackson has, disappointingly, given us what feels more like a landscape photography documentary sponsored by Tourism New Zealand.

    • Me waffle?! I do admit that the un-Tolkiening of Tolkien in the name of Tolkien is troublesome, but it had to be firstly, because how do you really turn the book, eccentricities and all into a film, and secondly (as I am sure you will agree), how do you turn them into three films?? I popped along not to see whether they were true to Tolkien, but whether they could make a more than good interpretative movie. I wasn’t disappointed, and I have no problem whatsoever with NZ looking good, and drawing goblin-hunting tourists to these fair lands to boost our fragile economy!

  2. just seen it in Hi Frame 3D. Exhausting roller coaster ride. Enjoyed the movie, but certainly not sure about all the extra bits and violence done to the text. Interesting the goblins seem to have a more prominent role and more personality, the eagles have less. Very much the Indiana Jones style falling down through on the platform in the mountain, a bit OTT. It’s been messed with too much in my opinion, Hollywood-ized at the expense of the narrative. Not sure about the invented bits. the whole Azog thing is a bit messed up…..

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