This is a big year for books turned movie releases.
I’m only interested in the following few:
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Anna Karenina, by Lev Tolstoy
Various sources say we might see The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, On the Road, by Jack Kerouac and The Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens turned into movies, too.
Hubby and I went to see The Hobbit – or, like they say it in Lithuania: Hobitas.
I have read the book earlier this year and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Even for someone who’s not big on Fantasy, I was fascinated by Tolkien’s story-telling. The English is mesmerising and the fight between good and evil fierce. I was holding my breath through most of the book and, afraid to admit, skipped most every “song”.
It’s a good one.
A lot of gruesome fighting – that usually makes for a bad movie-experience for me – this time tempered by the fact that I knew it all ends well. Beautiful scenery of the Middle-earth – the Hobbit’s Shire was quaint, and the Elves’ Rivendell breathtaking. Even the underground world of the Orks was impressive, in a kind of disgusting way.
Bilbo Baggins, and the actor who played him – Martin Freeman – was absolutely adorable. He brightened up even the darkest scenes with his unassuming charm. Gandalf was of course his wise and resourceful self. The Dwarves make for a tough and brave company and I enjoyed their songs more than in the book.
BUT who knew that this is only Part I? Not one article I read mentioned it so it was a bit of a disappointment. Why would they take this treasure of a book and chop it up to squeeze as much profit as possible out of it? Oh well.
Both hubby and I liked it, so I guess they’ll be making more money off us.
Until then, The Life of Pi is next and the trailer promises awesomness!
Have you seen The Hobbit? How did you like it?
Any other movie adaptation of a book you’d recommend?