Over the holidays, I watched The Hobbit trailer, and it sparked a host of miscellaneous thoughts, foremost that I hope they use the time gained by splitting the book into two films to more fully explore the tale Tolkien told, not to add story devices of their own making. All that aside, I liked the tone of the preview–the ancient map, the earthy song of the dwarves, the glimpses at situations which will birth the story told in Lord of the Rings–and I’m feeling more anticipation than I previously did.
Though it’s impossible to tell without seeing the entire film, it appears that Martin Freeman will make an excellent Bilbo. I enjoyed his acting skills in the BBC Sherlock series, and I have a good feeling about his role in the Hobbit. The dwarves only make cameo appearances in the preview, but they look appropriately dwarvish, and I hope they’ll stay true to character. In fact, although I mentioned my hope that they’ll avoid substantial plot deviations, I’m more concerned about the depiction of the characters, as they changed several of my favorites drastically in the adaptation of Lord of the Rings. When I watch a film, I want to feel that familiar characters have come to life, not that I’m viewing the actions of a stranger.
But then, I’m extremely picky when it comes to movie adaptations of books, perhaps more so than most people. What did you think of this first glimpse at the film? Are you more excited about the movie or less?
If by some chance you haven’t seen the preview, you can view it here (click through if you’re reading this post via RSS or email):