To take 9 year olds to see The Hobbit ?

(75 Posts)
RufflingFeathers Mon 07-Jan-13 20:40:31

Posted in AIBU so I could get a quick response. For a treat for DS's birthday.
Not seen it and haven't let him watch a 12A before....

Any thoughts ?

(I'd love to see it, but that's a side point, nothing much else on that he's not seen)

Jajas Sat 12-Jan-13 23:50:42

Yes Mother2many my 10 year old DT's have both watched all the LoTR dvd's at home and have seen The Hobbit - loved all of it and not scared at all.

I am the only one who is ever scared blush

Mother2many Fri 11-Jan-13 04:22:10

Okay, so did your children watch the Lord of the Rings then??? I tried to watch that with my then 8 yr old son, and 6 yr old daughter... I ended up shutting it off with the first big fight scene. They were scared.

So, I went and saw the Hobbit myself, first and it wasn't as "scary" as the Lord of the Rings....

Took the kids... My son now, 9 yrs really enjoyed it... My daughter...well, she handled the movie...not sure if she really like it... or not.. lol Gollum really freaked her out...

HerRoyalGoddess Tue 08-Jan-13 13:29:51

I won the Mumsnet comp to see it, I took my whole brood DS(9) DD(6) DS(5)
My sons who I thought would love it, eldest was bored by most of it and the youngest was slightly frightened by the fight scenes, my daughter on the other hand who I thought would hate it was transfixed from start to finish and can't wait to see the next.

And if you ladies need an extra excuse to go Kili the dwarf is sex on legs (Aiden Turner..who played Mitchell in Being Human)

EmpressMaud Tue 08-Jan-13 13:13:02

I don't recall Radagast's rabbit-drawn sled from the appendices.

Happypiglet Tue 08-Jan-13 12:56:23

The extra detail is from the LOTR appendices. Tolkein left it out as he was writing for a child audience. But the extra bits make the whole thing make more sense. Such as in the book Gandalf just doesn't go with them from Rivendell and then just reappears sometime later with no mention of why. In the film we know it is because he is meeting Galadriel et al....
No need to see LOTR either first IMHO. Right at the beginning of the film there is a pretty superfluous bit with old Bilbo and Frodo which just confused my kids! I suppose it was so those actors could get in on the act!!!
PS there are two hot dwarves IMO Thorin and kill/Fili not sure which is which!!!

BunFagFreddie Tue 08-Jan-13 11:45:38

Some of the dwarves are quite sexy, but that's the only erotica in the film. I didn't think there was much gore either, although there were some cracking fight scenes. If you have a 9 year old who loves fantasy, definitely take them to see it, but encourage them to read the book too!

EmpressMaud Tue 08-Jan-13 11:39:05

Not a great film, like LOTR, it had lost its charm. Has lots of extra detail (not included in the book) and is very long. Though, yes, certainly fine for an eight year old. I took a younger child to see it, who was familiar with the story, and it was fine.

They were a little confused at Radagast's scene, however!

wannaBe Tue 08-Jan-13 11:31:06

I read the book when I was seven.

It's not my ds' cup of tea but I wouldn't be too hesitant about letting him see it (he's ten). Would always check with other parents first though before taking their kids to see a 12A rated film...

grin at Vinegartits' dog.

Ds hadn't seen any of LOTR or read the story. He knows about ents because his Beavers leader talked about them. That was the sum total of his prior knowledge.

Agreed: only one hot dwarf. Also ds shuffled about a bit when Gandalf and Galadriel were doing their talky bit.

piratecat Tue 08-Jan-13 11:25:33

vinegartits, there was a lady at our local cinema (very local) that had her doggy Dachshund with her at Skyfall. He/she was very good and didn't seem to fidget thru it!!

everlong Tue 08-Jan-13 10:42:04

Ds (6) has seen it and loved it.

SmallIWantForXmasIsA6ft2Dwarf Tue 08-Jan-13 10:33:14

I took my 8yo DS and he loved it and I loved Thorin the fighting is surprisingly bloodless but the only thing DS found unnerving was Gollum.

VinegarTits Tue 08-Jan-13 10:13:38

i took my dog to see it, he wasnt scared by the violence at all

wigglesrock Tue 08-Jan-13 10:10:55

My 8 year old nephew loved it, more than anything ever grin, I don't think he's seen the LOTR films TeeBee

TeeBee Tue 08-Jan-13 10:03:50

Yeah, I know that but as it was made as a prequel, I wondered whether it was best to watch them in order in which they were developed commercially. I know the commercially released LOTR are not wholly true to the books.

HeadfirstForAMistletoeKiss Tue 08-Jan-13 10:01:30

The Hobbit is set before LOTR Tee, it's fine to watch it first smile

TeeBee Tue 08-Jan-13 10:00:09

Ooh, I want to take mine to see it. If they haven't seen LOTR can they still keep up with what's happening in this film? we're hoping to borrow the DVDs from someone but not sure we'll get to see them all beforehand.

HeadfirstForAMistletoeKiss Tue 08-Jan-13 09:46:54

I took my 10, 9 and 7 year old to see it, they loved it and sat brilliantly. We left the 5 yo with mil.

FriendlyLadybird Tue 08-Jan-13 09:44:43

There's ONE sexy dwarf -- a bit worried about the taste of some of the posters on here!

No, really, it's fine. I took two 11-year-olds and they LOVED it. They would have done at 9 too. They did find Gollum genuinely scary and creepy -- but loved it for that too.

vixsatis Tue 08-Jan-13 08:28:10

Longest three hours of my life. DS (11) thought it terrible as well. Not really unsuitable; just BAD

DumSpiroSperHoHoHo Tue 08-Jan-13 07:23:46

The only bit she shuffled about in was the talky bit with Galadriel in Rivendell.

I fell asleep during that bit blush!

DadOnIce Tue 08-Jan-13 00:08:55

We took our DS, who is 9. He was fine with it. Loved it, in fact.

StuntGirl Tue 08-Jan-13 00:04:17

Glad I'm not the only one enjoying the dwarf eye candy grin

RufflingFeathers Mon 07-Jan-13 23:47:06

yes, was definitely planning to chat to the two other parents first, although they are both youngest siblings, so my impression is that they are already watching things that I wouldn't let me DS go to - so hoping it's okay.

Now just got to have the negotiation with my DH about who takes them (other DCs to watch at home) ! Thanks all - esp for links to film critique websites x

Hobbitation Mon 07-Jan-13 23:41:51

The trailers were all very mild when we went, I was worried about that aspect. But yes, I wouldn't have taken DD's friends, though I knew DD would be OK having seen it myself first.

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