Hobbits really are the most remarkable of creatures.
The film is filled with many many glorious moments both large and small. I liked the battle Thorin Oakensheild has with the gumby fellow in the burning forest. It has all the heroic mythology you would want in a tale from Middle Earth. What better time for Bilbo to find his mojo and his courage.
I may never read the original book because I have no problem with this being my definitive version of this story in my head - despite it not being the purest version of the tale.
Even this disguised character (who I don't want to reveal lest I spoil anything) shows up to make trouble and his scenes with Bilbo are the true highlight of the film.
I admit, I teared up at many points. That has a lot to do with the performance of Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Hobbits still are delightful to be around when things are bad. That smile they get on their faces when everything turns out fine for the moment is priceless.
Peter Jackson captures those kind of character affirming moments better than anyone. The Hobbit has the same kind of story beats and breaks that LOTRs did and I for one, found the whole experience hopefully reassuring, especially with all the bad that we are experiencing in our real world this holiday season. Now I want all the good guys to win. Someone please tell me they win.
And that Gloin is Gimli's father, right?
I understand the movie ends just over half way through the book. Is there enough story left to sustain two more films. I ask those of you who have read the book to fill me in.