Ever since I was a child, I loved watching the animated movies. I didn’t know how much I was missing until I got my hands on The Hobbit, and I realized how much I was missing. I loved the way the book was written, and my imagination conjured far better images than the movie. It wasn’t until I was a little older that I learned movies don’t always reflect the books. I still go back and watch the movies. I love the artistry in the animation.
It was after I had my son that I read The Lord of the Rings. I became completely immersed in the world and the realms that Tolkien had created. I fell in love with each character and the interactions between them. I laughed, I cheered, and I cried when Gandalf was lost. Oh did I cry. I was with Sam and Frodo on their journey, and cheered Sam on when, undaunted, he saved his friend and they finished their quest. I reached for the tissues again as they lay upon that rock waiting for death.
I was excited when the live-action movies hit the screen. Mind you, I wasn’t expecting everything in the book to be in the movies, but I was looking for key things, some little, some big.
I loved the fact they had Gandalf discover Sam listening in on the conversation between him and Frodo. I was in awe at the fireworks display, and the “disappearance” of Bilbo from his own party. I have always believed the little things make the movie worth seeing when you have fallen in love with the book. It had plenty of little things.
I missed Tom Bombodil. I know. I know. He wasn’t a main part of the story, but he did help the hobbits out, and I would have loved to see how they would have worked his wonderful spirit into the movie, him and Goldberry. Alas, I was a bit disappointed, but it didn’t last long.
The interaction between Legolas and Gimli had me in stitches. They got it perfect. I loved that. The littlest thing they got right? Merry and Pippin being taller than than Sam and Frodo after they drank the Ent Draught.
I loved the movies. Yes, I am showing my geek again, but I don’t care. lol
I have seen the first part of the Hobbit. Again, I was amazed. I loved how they left in enough little things to keep me smiling. Now, the inclusion of Legolas and adding a character that isn’t even in the book for a love interest for Legolas has me on edge. I do not mind leaving things out because of time constraints, but adding things in that are not in the book? I don’t like it. It trips the frustration switch. If it isn’t in the story, it shouldn’t be in the movie. Sorry, but that is just the way I see it. I will see the rest of the Hobbit movies. I will give them the benefit of the doubt. I will sit in the theater or with the disc in the laptop, and watch them objectively. I will. I really will. I promise.