Late tonight, I went and saw "The Hobbit."
I have to be honest and say I wasn't wetting my panties to see it. In fact, until it was mentioned to me, I totally forgot it was even coming out this weekend.
The Ring series came out when I was in high school, and I rented the first one, fell in love, and saw the other two on their respective opening days. There was like this, Harry Potter and Fellowship of the Ring divide, and I was on the latter team, I suppose.
So, fast forward nearly a decade later, and I'm fairly "meh" on the prequel, "The Hobbit." And, judging by the ending of this film, I suppose I should amend that to preqeuls.
I don't know if it was because it was so many dwarves or what, but I just didn't care about their quest in taking back their mountain/home, after having lost it to a dragon of all things. It just seemed pretty random. I mean...what could a dragon possibly do with gold? It's never explained. What's also never explained? Random, gigantic rock monsters who like to fight each other in the rain for thirty seconds. Or why one of Gandalf's wizard friends made a bird's nest out of his hair and permanent bird-do coming down the side of his face (seriously, it was gross).
This film left me feeling bewildered and...only mildly curious to see the follow up. At any rate, I can't see myself funneling more money into the series moving forward.
All that being said, I think for the hardcore fans, they'll enjoy it all the same (which is the whole point of being a "hardcore fan" yes?). The special effects were spectacular, Bilbo makes for a nice lead (and hero), and seeing Gollum again in and of itself made the nearly three hour film worth it [for me]. Although, he did seem creepier in this films somehow...there were moments where he seemed like something out of a horror film.
ETA: Just checked IMDB; turns out there are two more films after this one...buckle up, kids.
ETAA: The guy who plays Thorin is pretty hot...yep.