January 4, 2013

The Hobbit - Not Your Typical Fantasy Movie

The Hobbit is showing in your favorite theaters now. If you haven't seen it yet, STOP reading this. But if you don't care for a few spoilers, then BE MY GUEST, dearie.

When you think of the Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings, they are nothing but passive, gentle, laid-back, non-violent-prone beings that when a movie was made out of them, our first instinct (mine anyway), is that it's a movie that our (young) children can watch with us. Kind of like a great family movie night out option. Well, no, but yes, if you want to give them a little scare...no make that, a lot.

My family of three, my 8 year old included, went to watch the movie as a pre-Christmas family fun activity. We had no pre-existing notion except that we hoped it would be "pleasant" enough for our 8 year old to watch and enjoy with us. Afterall, It's the Hobbits, what can go bad about it? It will be like watching Smurfs! Or say, Harry Potter perhaps.

Well, not exactly.

For those thinking that it is about THE HOBBITS, their history, their life and how they came to be, stop there.  The movie is about "THE HOBBIT". Singular. The title says it all. It is a story of one particular hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Frodo's uncle. The story revolved around him with snippets of how he got involved in the story of Lord of the Rings. Some scenes you will recognize if you are a loyal follower of the movie. One scene included how Baggins got hold of "precious" the ring and how his friendship with Gandalf begun.

The movie is almost 3 hours long which would have been ideal if there were no lulls in between. Scenes that could have been better off removed. Like the lengthy scenes showing them traveling through the mountains and plains and ending up at the Elves hidden kingdom. And the rather boring conversation Gandalf have with Galadriel, Saruman and Elrond. Let's just say, I almost dozed off during these scenes and lots of yawning in between.

Its saving grace is when the real action began. From that point on it was a roller-coaster of awesome, adrenaline-pumping scenes that will literally get you jumping off your seats. Thanks to the 3D effect that highlighted the CGI effects and made it theatrically pleasing for us adults.

But I can't say the same for the young children in the audience.

SCARY is the word.
The fight scene with the Goblins was so vivid and visually scary, it got my 8 year old hiding her head behind my hubby's back that whole time. And then there was that fight with the Orcs and Wargs that gave her more scare. The movie almost seemed like a horror movie than fantasy.

In summary.
This movie is Ok but can be better. Not the best compared to Lord of the Rings but it has enough good parts that will make it worth your while. Though I recommend this for older and mature kids as rated especially if you're going to watch the movie in 3D format. In theory, I think it would be less scary for younger children sans 3D if your young ones truly want to see it.

Zensible Mama Rating : ♥♥♥ 
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Running Time: 169 min
MPAA rating: PG-13 
Release Date: December 14, 2012


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