The critics have spoken: “Epically cool” Armitage “impressive” in role

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‘Thorin’s hero back-story is marvellously fleshed out. Little wonder
there’s already major buzz around Armitage – his Thorin is to The Hobbit
what Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn was to The Lord of the Rings.”

An excerpt from Neala Johnson’s review of The Hobbit. See full review at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/movies/neala-johnsons-review-of-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey/story-e6frf9h6-1226529768368?sv=a30a351fc8e8a3bfbd44b95748ac4819#.UL2PEZYgUKM.twitter

Dean O'Gorman as Fili and RA as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Dean O’Gorman as Fili and RA as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Armitage is positively heroic in the role and Jackson gives him plenty of camera time to shine . . .(he) brings gravitas and solemnity to the role of Thorin, especially when surrounded by the clownish Dwarves in his company.’

Read more of the Collider review here http://collider.com/hobbit-movie-review/215612/

‘But in the end the hobbit’s curiosity wins and he joins dwarf-leader Thorin Oakenshield (an impressive Richard Armitage) and his company.

When casting the dwarfs, Jackson picked a mixture of domestic and international actors, some veterans and some fresh faces. In the 18 months they filmed, they certainly have developed great chemistry, and their distinctive characters and costumes show a lot of craftsmanship and love of details.”

Excerpt from review at Stuff.co. NZ  http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/film-reviews/8034659/Review-The-Hobbit-An-Unexpected-Journey

“It’s a role likely to launch Armitage, blessed with an already-fervent
 fanbase, masculine good looks, and ample ability, into the stratosphere.
The character is deeply scarred and tragic. Thorin gives the children’s
tale a Shakespearean disaster angle and the film makes the most of it
 in in ways that may not surprise viewers but will nevertheless delight
them.”

Excerpt from MrCere’s review of the film for TORn (which promises only spoiler-free reviews, BTW)

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2012/12/04/66514-mrcere-reviews-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey/

The embargo, as you can see, has been lifted and reviews are now flooding the internet of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I have read a few, and am sharing some quotes specific to Mr. Armitage’s performance as well as the Company itself.  I think it’s safe to say Richard Armitage is impressing the critics–but then, was there ever any real doubt?

Thorin of the "flowing locks and steely gaze."

Thorin of the “flowing locks and steely gaze.”

 “Armitage really comes into his own in the ‘hero shot’ stakes: with flowing locks and a steely gaze, he gives us Braveheart by way of 300 – epically cool.”

Alice Tynan’s words re Richard’s performance as Thorin in her review for The Vine http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/movie-reviews/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-movie-review/

Mr. Armitage, I am so very proud of you and happy for you.  You were already my hero; now the world is discovering you as theirs, too.

A screenshot of Richard from the Marilyn Denis Show. All screencaps courtesy of RANet.

A screenshot of Richard from the Marilyn Denis Show. All screencaps courtesy of RANet.

83 responses »

  1. Way too excited – and tired to respond! 😉 I’ll be back tomorrow once I’ve read all these. Bless you Angie for posting all this for us! Bed is calling!

    • I’ve been asleep for a while and then back up again. LOL Can’t seem to manage more than three or four hours at a time. Feel asleep early tonight, worn out by Armitagemania. Twitter great source, been scouring my Tweetline for review links. Figure people can read the quotes about Richard and not read entire review if they are worried about spoilers . . . get some rest, my dear. I have a surprise for YOU coming up tomorrow . . . *grin*

    • Because of the way things are categorized, only Martin could get a Best Actor nod for the film. (Richard, like Sir Ian and Andy, is considered a supporting actor). But Best Supporting Actor? Yeah, I am seriously thinking he’s got a real shot at a nomination after reading some of the reviews.

      • Oh that is too bad, but Best Supporting Actor is the next best thing. I get to see the movie on the 15th. I bet any money that Richard stole the show with his performance. I am so proud of him. Richard’s performance in The Hobbit is going to cause people to out to see Black Sky in huge numbers when it comes out next year just because Richard is in it. Every other director in Hollywood is going to be clamoring to use him. I would love to see Richard team up with James Cameron on a project.

        • If he is very lucky and making wise choice maybe in a few years someone will cast him in something Oscar worthy. But don’t expect his star to skyrocket and every director wanting to cast him. Perhaps in a supporting role.

          • So you don’t think he is proving himself to be leading man material with the film?

            And what would some of those “wise” career choices be in your opinion, Jane? Just curious.

            • There are so many actors competing for leading man roles, many younger than him, many better established than him. I don’t think conquering Hollywood will be easy. I think what is likely are leading roles in second rate movies or smaller roles in bigger movies. Wise choices is obviously something that gets taken seriously, and sadly the Hobbit isn’t. Really you can’t evaluate reviews and concentrate on what you like and ignore that the movie itself didn’t meet expectations.

              • You talk as if actors over 40 never received Oscar nominations? I’m not saying RA would or will ever get one but come on lets keep things in perspective. It won’t be his age that will stop him from getting a nomination.

              • Jane, I really am not certain this man will ever make you happy with his career choices because apparently you want him to only appear on stage in whatever you personally deem to be worthy roles or in serious “art” films. It’s almost as if you are determined to see him not find success in films so you can say “I told you so.” ?? I don’t know, maybe he’ll go back to episodic TV, maybe do stage work, maybe appear in those “second-rate” films you mentioned. But I have every confidence he’ll do fine work in whatever projects happen for him.

                What I was trying to hint to you was to let us enjoy our moments of being happy for Richard and for the MANY positive things said about him in the reviews that I have read (and granted, I haven’t read them all and likely won’t. I don’t want to be thoroughly spoiled out).

                Forgive me everyone if I am a bit cranky–I don’t feel well due to an FMS flare-up and my sleep has been appalling of late–but may I remind everyone it is a celebration of Richard Armitage here and not a Kvetch Fest where we play Negative Nancy. You just spoil the fun for everyone else when you do that.

                Thank you. Now I will try to return to my normally sunny self if the pain med and muscle relaxer will just kick in.

              • So… According to you, Richard should be a clairvoyant and should have known before he was cast in TH that it was a film that would not mean expectations (btw whose expectations?) that it would not be taken seriously therefore he should have turned the role down? And thereby missed out on what he said was the best 18 months of his life regardless of how the film turned out. I’m sorry but I need to ask you this: are you actually a fan of this guy?

              • Sorry ANgie my last comment went under your comment and it was addressed to Jane and not you. ANd I apologize if the tone of my comment is a bit snarky. I’ve had a long day. Sorry that you’re not feeling well, darling.

              • I figured that out. 😉 I know your day’s been a bit difficult, too, what with the zombie Postal worker. I am afraid I am feeling somewhat snarky myself, which is why I gave a general apology in that previous comment.

                But I think the questions we asked are legitimate ones, so let them stand, as we used to say in the newspaper biz.

              • Jane, as you said that there are many actors younger, better established than RA who are making much wiser career choices and star in much better films, maybe you should seek out blogs about those actors? Just a suggestion.

              • Oh and one more thing: how is he supposed to make those almighty “wise choices” if he’ll only be offered leading roles in 2nd rate films or smaller roles in bigger films ? The man can seemingly do no right! Maybe he should just give up on acting altogether and retrain as an accountant or something.

              • I for one am so grateful he did not give up. And also that he didn’t stick with doing theatre exclusively. If he had, I would never have gotten to know him as an actor or to know so many great friends around the world. I am not going to second-guess his choices, that’s for sure, just wish him well.

                Oh, and he would have been the world’s sexiest accountant if he’d gone that route.;)

              • It is not so uncommon that it takes many bad movies before before an actor can score a hit. We talked about Bradley Cooper’s lovely suits – well apparently he has been in many rubbish movies and only now it seems he has something truly good lined up: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/bradley_cooper/

                I can easily see RA working his way up through several bad movies before he lands a hit.

    • I am sorry to be a spoil sport again, but given that the reception of the movie in general was pretty mixed I think we can safely conclude that any awards in the major categories are out of the questions. Seeing this as a triumph for RA is only half the truth. This is a fun blockbuster. Not an award worthy masterpiece.

      • Is it OK with you if we continue to enjoy seeing and celebrating as a triumph for RA, because it is one–truth be told, whether or not he gets a nomination really isn’t important to me or even whether or not he ever wins an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, etc. etc. There are many very gifted and well-respected actors who haven’t. Won’t lessen my admiration or respect for him one little bit. An award or nomination would simply be icing on the cake.

        Let’s see I do believe Julia Roberts was nominated for Best Actress for Pretty Woman–a film I personally despise–so roles in blockbusters that I would hardly consider Oscar-worthy do get nominations. Again, we shall see. As far as RA and his career goes, I simply wish him to be satisfied with its arc. I will be there for the ride, regardless.

        • Seeing it and making up my own mind is not the point. Sadly it is the critics that determine an actor’s reputation. And sadly an actor’s reputation is closely linked to the reputation of the projects he’s in. So naturally he would profit more from being in a masterful Oscar candidate than from being in a fun blockbuster. That is what I am concerned about. It is not bad, just not what could have been.

          And no, I’m not saying he shouldn’t have done the Hobbit and missed this experience. But it makes me sad that all this labour of love didn’t went into something that was taken seriously. It makes me sad that so many lovely people put so much thought and effort into something that gets called bloated fun if it is a good review and a bloated mess if it is bad. As long as he doesn’t get cast in something, anything that gets taken seriously and isn’t just
          flawed light entertainment his efforts will never be honoured.

          • Hm mmmmm . . . as I have said, I haven’t read all the reviews, but I can say there are some overall excellent reviews for this film.

            They don’t think it’s perfect (OK, how many are?) , but they see more in it than bloated fun and many had positive things to say about the actors, particularly Richard.

            And all the reviews aren’t in yet, either. So let’s not completely jump the gun. As Joanna said, glass half-full, not half-empty. That’s the way I have always tried to think.

            Again, I wonder if Richard is all wrapped up in wanting his efforts to be honored, or is he simply desirous of challenging parts (he said he would have loved to have played Grima Wormtongue) in productions that interest him and the continuing journey in the developing his craft?

            Would it make you feel better about being his fan if his efforts were honored, as you say?

            • There a a handful of “excellent reviews” and most of them come from biased sources, usually NZ and Aussie press and members of TORn. The outlook of the more jaded critics, no fans of the book and unwilling to watch a long movie, and distracted by 48fps, are a lot less enthusiastic even if they are still positive. It is at 74% at rotten tomatoes when it should ideally be above 90%. Half of TORn is in mourning and the other half is trying to keep up their courage. Clearly the decision to make three movie and add a lot of material isn’t going down well with critics. While that is still okay, it might still be well liked by the audience, there are movies that do a lot better. Several movie that are in direct competition with the Hobbit and that most likely will get the award nominations. There is simply no denying that this isn’t the triumph it could have been and that this may end up as one of the most successful blockbuster of the year but not as one of the most critical acclaimed.

              To the question if it would make feel better about being a fan, if I’m honest, yes, and that is probably my whole point. It would elevate this from being a guilty pleasure to something accepted. Being a fan of LOTR is accepted because the movies got high praise. Being a fan of Twilight is something to be ashamed of.

              • As Judit has said, I don’t think it’s going to hurt RA’s career to be in a blockbuster. And it almost certainly will be a huge hit in spite of the more jaded critics, as you call them, even if it isn’t the total artistic triumph we were hoping for. As for you being forced to consider Richard Armitage a guilty pleasure.Well. I feel no guilt at all for being a fan of this very talented man and truly special human being. And I feel rather sorry for anyone who feels guilty over being his fan. I truly do. I think that is all I will say on this matter.

              • THey are in mourning?(Clearly those people have very sheltered lives if they can be ‘in mourning” over a film btw! ) I mean for Heaven’s sake the film hasn’t even been released world-wide???? I’d understand the “mourning” thing better if the film turned out to be a huge flop! But it hasn’t! Not yet anyway! I doubt Peter Jackson made the film to please the critics anyway.He made it to please world-wide audiences.

              • Jane, seriously,if you feel that being a fan of Richard is something that should be hidden in the closet as a “guilty pleasure” then I suggest you try to find an actor whom you can be a proud fan of. I’m sure there are lots of “worthy ones” out there. Multiple Oscar winners, such as Tom Hanks or Sean Penn.

              • I’ve read these comments and been slightly annoyed by the need to rain on the celebratory parade up to this point, but Jane, you’ve crossed over to coming off as a snob. Everyone doesn’t like the same things, but if you need Richard to win an award so you don’t feel he’s a “guilty pleasure”, then you probably need to hitch your wagon to someone who’s already earned awards as there is no guarantee that he will ever win one. Look at actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, he’s a critical darling and has yet to win an Oscar.

                Also, it would be kinder to leave other fandoms out if. I know a lot of Twilight fans, and while it isn’t my cup of tea, it is incredibly condescending to suggest that they should be ashamed for being fans.

              • Excellent points Jas! Leonardo diCaprio has been making nothing but “wise career choices” and working with THE best directors out there and still, he’s yet to win an Oscar. So I suppose his fans will continue to have to hide their fandom in their proverbial “guilty pleasure” closet for a while yet. I totally agree with you, don’t think being a fan of Twilight is something to be ashamed of! They’re not fans of Hitler or Charles Manson for Pete’s sake! As for the critics- they are not always right, you know. “Skyfall” was praised to high heaven by reviewers (Hungarians- so they can’t be accused of bias, Jane), I went to see it and there were plot holes the size of Queensland in the movie, so I really could not understand what was all the raving about!

          • Let’s see if the film bombs at the box office first, shall we? Surely it’s not just the critics that determine an actor’s fate and future in the industry? They’re not the be all and end all! I will be sad if people will not turn up to see The Hobbit, because THAT’s when all that “labour of love” could be called wasted. How many films were labelled duds by the Almighty Critics and yet made mega-bucks at the box office? Don’t underestimate the power of something called “exposure” in this industry.

          • This discussion helped me put my finger on which American actor reminds me of RA: Denzel Washington. It’s the action thing, sort of. Between his first Oscar win (for “Glory” in 1989) and his second (for “Training Day” in 2001) he did some not so great stuff like “The Preacher’s Wife.” RA is being backed by some of the most powerful figures in Hollywood right now, he’ll be fine.

      • And I think you said you don’t even intend to see it. So you just take other people’s word for what it’s like and whether or not it’s worthy of any awards.

  2. I’m really, really happy that the reviews of Richard’s performance are positive, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to read any reviews before I see the film. Just want to make my own mind up.

    • I know some people feel that way, which is why there is no more in the body of the post than quotes specific to their reaction to Richard’s performance. It’s up to everyone to choose whether or not to take things further. I am just excited to see those positive quotes about RA. 😀

        • At this point, I really don’t either. I also know no one is going to change my mind about RA’s performance in their reviews. I already knew he was going to be fantastic before word one was written and nothing will change my mind. Just glad to see critics seem to be on same page. 😉

          • I don’t care about the spoilers either but like Judit I am not reading the reviews just yet. I also already had my mind made up that Richard’s performance in The Hobbit is superb. I don’t care what anyone says….as long as they agree that Richard is great in The Hobbit.

            • knowing how much this part meant to him and how dedicated he is to his roles, I didn’t see how he could be anything BUT outstanding, frankly. Not that I am biased or anything, of course. 😉

              • Don’t get me wrong,I’m certain Richard is going to be superb in the movie but I don’t like to read too much about any given film before I go&see it. I LOVE to read the shory quotes about RA’s performance on twitter though. As you guys say, they just confirm what we already knew..

              • I do wonder though whether Richard is reading the reviews and if so,how does he feel about them? Does PJ read the reviews?

              • I would be surprised if PJ didn’t read them as the filmmaker. As for RA, I saw a good quote somewhere–to paraphrase, as to praise or criticism, don’t let either go to your head.
                Richard is so zen about all of this that if he does read the reviews, I feel pretty certain he keeps his head clear about it all. He seems to be in such a good frame of mind.

    • Please do not rely on reviews. Anyone can be a reviewer in the industry, more so now with all the social media and other platforms and websites out there. Hell, even many of the reviews on billboards aren’t even real. You can be a reviewer.

      What really matters most is that YOU see the film and whether or not YOU enjoy it, YOU spread the word. So many films have been given bad reviews by so many so-called reviewers, yet have been HUGE success in the box-office.

      Relying on reviews is like reading the ending of a book without reading the whole book first and making a judgment from that. Where’s the fun in that? To learn about whether a movie is good or not from people who got to see the movie before you for free. Hell, they didn’t even have to pay for their damn tickets, but they get the plush seats and the press packet with all the information all the other reviewers get (hence the redundancy of the film details all across the web).

      So Enjoy the ride, ignore the naysayers who, unless they work in the film industry, belong to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which oversee the Academy Awards, or actually have seen the movies they love to criticize certain actors in, and have fun. Most of all, be happy for the person(s) you’re actually wanting to see in the film and take a few hours off away from real life for a change, and from trolls who have nothing better to do than spoil the fun for everyone else – and get a kick out of it when their sad stunt actually works in getting everyone else riled up.

  3. Well the world is getting to know what we already know. Wonderful reviews. A thought occured to me as well RA did this Canadian thing all on his own.Peter Jackson obviously had confidence in Richard to do this and that makes me even more proud of him (if that’s possible).

    • That’s a good point, girl. He was literally without backup in terms of The Hobbit crew and from everything I have seen and heard, he handled it with aplomb (although he did forget how tall he wasat one point and added an extra inch, but all is forgiven LOL. Man has to be tired).

    • A little embarrassed, perhaps, but also very touched, I would suspect. He knows he has a lovely and supportive army behind him. And it’s hard not to get emotional at such times as these. Our beautiful boy is a star now, and no one is more deserving of the accolades than he.

      • So true! Richard Armitage has worked his tush off in varied character portrayals for the last ten years–each one adding a layer of experience and seasoning to him, more tools for his acting/storytelling “toolbox” to be colloquial.

        RA has earned the wider recognition that his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield will give him–hopefully, with more opportunities for an even greater choice of roles in the future. He deserves every good thing that will come his way.

      • It’s just a dream come true. For Richard to get that big break and finally get the attention and recognition he so richly, rightfully deserves. In a world where wanna-bes and no-talents and mediocrity often seem to be celebrated and rewarded, it’s so wonderful to see a supremely talented and thoroughly decent human being in the limelight.

  4. thanks Angie, I’m happy for Richard, he has the success he deserves. I dont like read the review before seeing the movie,
    I prefer to judge for myself

    • That’s fine. Enjoy the snippets about how great he is. 😉 I’ve always read movie reviews–since childhood–so it’s second nature to me. What I’ve found is you’ll never find a single film everyone agrees on. The majority of critics (and viewers) may like it, but there will be a few who do not. Conversely, there are movies considered stinkers by many that still have their supporters. It’s more subjective than objective.

      • Often, when I have been uncertain if I want to pay to see a fim, I’ve read reviews by critics whose viewpoints I know. A couple of them, if they hated it, there would be a good chance I’d enjoy it.

  5. Richard has said that he does not read reviews and he doesn’t like to watch the rushes. I don’t know what PJ does, but many people have what used to be called “cutting services”, outfits that pick through all the media and clip or copy all the relevant pieces. These are often important to agents and publicists who need to know what is being said, but don’t have time to comb the media themselves.

  6. Richard Armitage will shine by bringing Thorin Oakenshield to vivid life for multiple generations. Mr. Armitage so completely immerses himself in his roles that I never see “him” as the actor portraying the character, I only see the persona of the character before me as a multi-dimensional human being.

    What I particularly like about Mr. Armitage’s role choices is that he finds each character’s pathos and ethos and he strives to bring those qualities out in finely nuanced performances. And Richard Armitage’s characters–especially the anguished and bitter Thorin Oakenshield–may be tragic and flawed figures, but we still root for them to succeed.

    As to Oscar? I would have put Richard Armitage in the Lead Actor category–without Thorin’s quest, there is no The Hobbit story. But, studios can’t have their stars competing in the same category or they would knock each other out, and another actor might rise to win the statue. So I hope that Richard Armitage gets nominated and wins the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

    • Every movie can only have one leading actor and one leading actress, that’s the rule. Even with Brokeback Mountain one guy was nominated for lead and the other for supporting.

  7. Richard is going to end up being the real star of The Hobbit and the one actor that will be remembered in it for a long time. I agree with Gratiana Lovelace. Without Thorin there is no Hobbit story so to me there are two leading men in this film.

  8. Why is it that you can read heaps of great reviews (or comments on a blog) and it is the negative ones that stick in your mind, leave you feeling mad and maybe even with a bad taste in your mouth?? I really do TRY to remind myself that others are entitled to their own opinions. For my part, I only wish they would keep those opinions to themselves!! 😉 Sorry if that comes over as snarky but I come to this blog to enjoy the company of others who feel the same way about Richard as I do, and not to get upset. I guess I’m tired and a bit cranky too! 😦

    • You are not being snarky at all, Teuchter.

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. Richard Armitage fans are devoted to appreciating his acting and storytelling gifts that we all enjoy. He has touched our hearts through his searing character portrayals of the human condition–finding the humanity in villains (Sir Guy) and their tortured souls, striving for redemption after betrayal (John Porter), and remaining devoted and honorable in the face of crushing disappointment (John Thornton). These and other RA character portrayals cause us to reflect upon their lessons for our own lives, just as characters from literature contain allegorical references for us.

      I often like to quote Heraclitus: “Character is destiny.” And then I like to add “and the choices that we make, define our characters”. And far be it from us to criticize the choices that Richard Armitage makes–because he is the one who has to live his life. And the choices RA has made thus far have lead to him becoming Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit. So well done him!

      The international success that RA will likely receive might be coming later in his life–as a full grown man. But perhaps, it is made all the sweeter for it–and his maturity has already been in evidence with his poise and grace in interviews. So, whereas a 20 year old facing success on this scale might burn brightly for a short time, and then fade away–McCauley Culkin anyone?–RA’s ember continues to burn brightly and steadily, and will for decades to come.

      Cheers! Grati ;->

      • Bless you for this Grati! You put it all so perfectly that I feel I can sleep easier tonight. May his choices in life be just that – HIS choices.

      • So well said, Grati. It also occurs to me that in the early days he may well have taken on roles which did not necessarily sit well with him simply to have the work – and yet he still gave them his all and turned out totally convincing performances.

        • This is why I get upset with people who criticize so strongly some of his earlier roles–excuse me, did it ever occur to them that as a struggling actor he could not always be so picky in taking roles, that some roles might not have been his first choice BUT he wanted to pay the bills and eat. I am sure he auditioned for some things and didn’t get chosen. Lord knows he is a hard-working individual. But as you say, he always gave his best to each role, no matter what–and I applaud him for that. No matter what the production, I have always been impressed with his performances.

  9. I’m firmly with you in being out and proud in admiring Richard Armitage…..and have been for many years. Not only does he appear to us (and anyone else that’s asked for their opinion) to be a truly decent, talented, honourable human being, but he approaches each and every role with humility and an exemplary work ethic. He has that rare ability to make a dramatic silk purse out out of any script-writers sow’s ear.

    Award/s will come along one day…whether it is sooner or later matters, I imagine, not a jot to RA…..so long as he feels his work is honest, and his best effort….and consequently not a jot to me. I know a good performance when I see one, and I need no critic to tell me so. How does an Oscar come to be awarded anyway? Don’t forget that there is a campaign mounted by all the studios to court the votes of Academy members for their own movies, so winning an award may not have anything to do with ability/achievement just publicity and public relations.

    My last point in this award or not post is that LotR as a trilogy won only a few technical awards for the first couple of years……the critics feeling that if they awarded performance Oscars to cast members for the first film, they would feel pressured to do the same for the second and third movies. Hence the ensemble cast Oscars after RotK. I expect the pattern will be much the same for The Hobbit. But does it really matter?

    Be all that as it may, it’s not my life or my career……Richard and his agent make choices together….. and I don’t think he’s doing too badly so far!

  10. Let me leave a blanket comment for now and say “thank you” to all of you for taking the time to comment. I was feeling really tired and worn out (feel guilty saying that knowing what a grueling schedule Mr. A has experienced). I was honestly fearful I might say something I really shouldn’t so I just stopped commenting.
    I managed a pretty decent night’s sleep with a few breaks as usual, and it was great to wake up and read these words you shared. Put me in a better frame of mind, I must say. 😀 Thanks.

  11. I said that I wasn’t going to read any of the reviews but quite a few were staring me in the face on my browser home page, so YES, I went ahead and read them. 😦

    The Hobbit reviews are genereally not that great, but it has nothing to do with our favorite British actor. All of the critics seem to agree that the technology used in making this film totally makes it a wonderful adventure to watch. There is much praise for showing it at 48 frames per second too. The problem bascially seems to be that the movie suffers from serious story bloat. That was my only concern when it was reported back in July (or was it June?) that Peter Jackson decided to make this movie into three films instead of two. I read The Hobbit for the first time a few months ago. I cannot speak for anyone else, but I found The Hobbit a fast and easy read. It does not need to be stretched into two movies much less three of them, so I was one of very few people who was not particularly thrilled about the addition of a third installment. It absolutely will be fantastic to see Richard so many times, but I just do not think that The Hobbit story os long enough to make it a trilogy. I could see stretching it to two but not three movies. So even though I have not seen the movie yet I can understand this point being made by the critics. Taking forever to get to each point when you are watching a movie can challenge your limits of patience at times.

    I remember reading Margaret MItchell’s Gone With The Wind which is a big book and long story. That was well done in one movie but with an intermission halfway through the storyline and then the other half after intermission. It was shown again in movie theaters when I was in college and I thought that was a great way to handle such a huge novel. Today I think the studios are even more into profits now than they were back in the day. Therefore, now you get a lot of sequels especially when it comes to films of the “fantastic”.

    Anyway, it is what it is and I plan on going to see The Hobbit and enjoying every minute of it. If I think the movie is suffering from story bloat I will be honest about it. I am not going to say that the movie is great just because Richard is in it and Peter Jackson directed it. I will be honest about what I think of it when I see it. I have NO DOUBT though that I will LOVE Richard’s performance.

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