We thought the movie was fantastic. It was well made and very entertaining, so much so that we were remarkably surprised at how fast three hours flew.
The characters were charming and well-developed, the scenery breathtaking, and the story interesting.
It didn’t follow the book exactly and there were a few minor inconsistencies between this movie and the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, but nothing that affected the plot.
Our oldest daughter, “T”, has recently finished reading this series as part of her homeschooling. She was quite bothered when we announced that she would not be allowed to watch the movies yet. (In our house we read the books before we ever watch the movies. Therefore she thought she would be allowed to watch, having read the books.)
I stick with our earlier decision though. This isn’t a movie to take younger children to see, at least not in my opinion. It is one thing to read about such creatures as orcs, it is quite another to see them up close on film!
Perhaps in a few years she might be able to watch them, but not now. At this stage in her life, I think some of these characters might be a bit too visually disturbing.
Fortunately for her, we do have the cartoon versions of the original stories. She has watched those films and enjoyed them. There aren’t strictly “by the book”, but they aren’t too shabby.
We are anxiously awaiting part II of The Hobbit, as it seems this is a three-part film. I don’t believe it is coming out for some time. This will afford us the opportunity to perhaps reread The Hobbit and perhaps even Lord of the Rings.
Have you or your children read through Tolkien’s stories? How did you enjoy them compared to the films?