Disclaimer: This is not a review. These are just my random notes about the film. And of course, I have to disclose that I consulted Google from time to time while writing this because I only have so little knowledge about the franchise and the books. And so here goes my notes.
I really wanted to watch the first installment of “The Hobbit” because: one, I wrote about it being filmed some two years ago for Austin Post and I learned it’s gonna be epic; two, I watched LOTR and I somehow liked the films (mainly because of Aragorn, though); and, three, I was curious why the Catholic Church was supporting it and even sponsoring a series of premiere showings.
So I wanted to watch it, but didn’t expect to see it today. [Thanks for being spontaneous, Dearie. I’ve missed it.]
Just like LOTR, I knew I would understand half of it at most. So I was prepared to be intimidated again by J.R.R. Tolkien (which is the reason why I can’t muster the courage to read him). That man was one heck of a writer. He wouldn’t have earned the phrase “Tolkien’s legendarium” for nothing. The man invented his own languages, for chrissake. Genius. Plus, a whole new world called Middle Earth, all those details. Pure genius. Someday I’m gonna find the courage to read his works. I just have to.
And so we watched Gandalf and the 13 Dwarves plus a Hobbit.
Surprisingly, I understood the film! Well, I think, it helped that it’s Rated G.
Not only did I understood more than half of it, I even enjoyed it. The script is fun and it doesn’t intimidate a person like me who has not read a portion of any of the books.
Peter Jackson brought us all to an enchanting new world in LOTR and he did it again in this film. It is truly a feast for the eyes. This got me excited to read the novels, actually. And perhaps see New Zealand?
We watched it in the regular format. I wasn’t sure if there is a 3-D version, but the apparent top view shots say it was shot for 3-D. Glad we didn’t see it on 3-D, though. I sure would have felt dizzy.
During the first part of the film I exclaimed, “Musical pala ito?!” But those are really nice scenes. Thorin can sing!
Seeing the young Frodo was a delight, too.
I was hoping Aragorn would show up. Of course, he wouldn’t, silly me. This is a prequel. Thorin awfully looks like him, though. Look! Okay fine, pareho lang silang long hair.
And, as you all may know, I (may) have a thing for guys with long hair. Case in point, napamahal sa akin sila (wait, I have to consult Google for the correct spelling of the names) Kili and Fili.
Hottie Alert! Aidan Turner, playing Kili in the film, is adorable.
I also enjoyed the Trolls scene and I call them the Gourmand Trolls. “Everything tastes like chicken!” That was hilarious.
Radagast, the brown wizard, is also one funny character. “These are rhosgobel rabbits, I’d like to see them try.”
Gandalf, being a wise man, delivers quotable quotes, the kind of quotes you can tweet and use for Facebook status.
Thorin asks him, “Where did you go to, if I may ask?” Gandalf says, “To look ahead.” “And what brought you back?, he asks again.” Gandalf answers, “Looking behind.”
Sword lesson from Gandalf to Bilbo: “… Remember this: true courage is about not knowing when to take a life, but when to spare one.”
Oh, before I forgot about Galadriel… Oh, my! What potion did Cate Blanchett has? Her beauty is timeless, ethereal even.
The fight scenes of the mountain giants give a new meaning to “pound for pound”.
Someday I’m gonna sell the idea of putting up a resto called “Gollum is Bipolar, (Plus he’s Schizophrenic and has a Multiple Personality Disorder, too!)” Beat that, Van Gogh! 🙂
Their riddle game, which Bilbo hopes to win to make himself “un-lost”, gives the movie some more heart. I didn’t understand most of it, though. But it gives the movie that warm fuzzy feeling towards Gollum/Smeagol. Hearing the word “precious” seems to put every fan of the franchise at home again.
And to answer my very own riddle about the Church promoting the film, I think it’s because it’s the safest movie in the franchise. The only “bad word” I noted is “scum” and that’s the worst it can get. Not a bloody fight scene even. Medyo malaway nga lang. Hehe
And speaking of that, ang fun lang ng “bad words” ng orcs: Dwarf-scum and Elvish-filth. What profanity! hehe
Bilbo’s character is convincing in a very lovable way. I believed him when he confronts the doubting Thorin and says, I would have doubted myself, too. That dialogue about home hits the spot and would really make someone go, Aww.
And to nail it, Gandalf just have to say, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”
P.S. Thanks, Universe, for these little things. So grateful for today. 🙂