Sorry I’ve been absent for the last week or so. I finished uni on Friday (yay) but have been on work experience and also a mad book reading frenzy so I reach my target before 2013!! But I couldn’t pass up on the reading (and watching) of my favourite book (and now movie) of all time!! And they both did not disappoint! Summary from Goodreads:
‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.’
Now I am going to be completely biased in this review, but I seriously love this book. Everyone has that one book that got them into reading and for me The Hobbit is that book, and to re-read it after a while and with the film coming out was amazing!
Our hero is the loveable reluctant adventurer Bilbo Baggins who after been forced into an adventure with 13 dwarves by the wizard Gandalf comes to realise that he actually quite likes adventures after all! I don’t want to give away too much of the plot (if you haven’t read it yet – read it!) but I would definitely recommend to younger readers who are desperate to read Lord of the Rings but probably need something a little lighter – its much less dark, although it does have its scary moments.
The nature of the plot is entirely more light hearted then LOTR – a treasure hunt of sorts and a journey across middle earth. The characters are also very funny – the dwarves have their on distinct persona and I love the songs that they burst into. Gandalf too is more heavily involved in The Hobbit – which is great as he is one of my favourite characters. The Hobbit is very short and fast paced, there are side plots touched on but not developed and if I can bare to criticise it, the ending is slightly anti-climatic.
However, I can overlook all of that because I love this book so – and probably always will. I loved the reluctant traveller, the mysterious wizard and the lovable yet proud dwarves and was SO excited to see the movie which brings us nicely onto…
The movie. The film that I have been excited about since I heard it was finally been made. After finishing the book and having all the plot points fresh in my mind I literally dragged my family to the cinema on Friday to watch it.
Firstly I absolutely love Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. He got the spirit of Bilbo perfectly and everything matched with the image that I had in my head. He was the making of this film. Secondly, Richard Armitage who plays Thorin has the particular skill of looking hot even while dressed as a dwarve! Gandalf, a familiar face was also played brilliantly and I loved seeing more of him! Radagast the Brown was EXCELLENT – my new favourite character and I loved the development of the necromancer storyline – which was only a few lines in the book! And I loved all the dwarves – brilliantly characterised. Elijah Woods turn as Frodo was also lovely!
Now, if you aren’t a fan of the book, you would have thought that the first half hour or so seemed to drag on four ages. If fact I don’t think we had even left the Shire. However, in that half hour there is lots of interesting information for the eagle eyed hobbit geeks among you.
However, once the action gets going then The Hobbit really comes into its own – its spectacular to watch and there is never a dull moment – Peter Jackson has really ramped up the drama. Its also really funny, the timing is spot on and there was a few times that the whole cinema erupted into laughter. Jackson has stayed very faithful to the book, and the cast are all brilliant so I think that added together The Hobbit was bound to be amazing. Not LOTR amazing, but nearly there. I think you known when you’ve seen a really good film when you literally cannot wait until the next one comes out! And the 48 frames per second had no effect on me at all!
Sorry for the slightly rambling review – I’ve gone slightly crazy with all the books I’m reading at the mo! I am trying to get to 100 before the end of the year! Wish me luck