It’s been a bit hot where I am.
When it was 40 degrees C outside I took up a friend’s offer to go sit in an icy cold cinema for a few hours. That has to be the upside of today’s directors’ inability to make movies less than 120 mins long… more air-conditioning time!
So I saw the Hobbit, which I otherwise probably would have left to DVD (3 movies – really?).
I have to say I really enjoyed it.
It’s not great. I could feel how long it was, though not because I was bored. But it was fun. I liked Bilbo. I liked the dwarves. I felt like I actually had been on an adventure (despite it being unfinished).
Both of us came out into the sweltering darkness (it was still over 34 deg at midnight) with happy faces.
The problem it didn’t have, which I’ve always felt the LOTR movies to suffer from (yes fans can throw stuff at me later), was pacing. Unlike its cousins it actually had fairly even pacing for the length.
What worries me though about the trend for self-indulgent long movies, is that the audience is going to get used to bloated storytelling. Almost every review of this film I’ve come across says either too much time was spent on the Dwarves eating Bilbo’s food or that the fight scenes were a bit thick on the ground. Better editing would solve that.
A shorter opening (where older Bilbo writes his tale) would in fact also have been a good thing. Do all that and you’d probably pare it back to just 120mins!
In 3D I thought the best bit was when the eagles took off into the sky. Felt like I was flying. Lovely.