kit’s review published on Letterboxd:
Overall Impression: This was a little slow at times especially at the start with the dwarves entering Bilbo’s house and the effects weren’t very memorable tbh but it was still enjoyable & around the middle of the film, it got quite good!
Gandalf: True courage is not about knowing when to take a life, but when to spare one.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins was a perfect casting choice & his facial expressions are amazing, he’s 100% the best part about this film. I didn’t love any of the newer characters but I’m sure I will after I’ve watched the other two films. My favourite scenes were: Bilbo’s encounter with Gollum, Andy Serkis still plays the two roles of Sméagol & Gollum perfectly after a long time. I also liked the Rivendell scene, Elrond/Hugo Weaving looked like he hadn’t aged a day, also Saruman is so shady towards Gandalf & I liked how understanding Galadriel was. Sir Ian McKellen was great but the height different between the Hobbits, Dwarves and Gandalf wasn’t as believable as it was in Lord of the Rings, in my opinion, Bilbo looked too tall & you could tell Sir Ian McKellen was just wearing stilts :/ The score for these films are always going to be mesmerising! Howard Shore is a legend!