Re: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: A Purist's Review
Hi everyone. I just went to see the movie Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, which was awesome. However, while I was there I happened to catch a trailer for the new Hobbit movie Battle of Five Armies. It looked awful in all honesty. I was hard pressed to even find a hobbit in the trailer. I felt like I was playing Where's Waldo trying to find a Hobbit, a wizard, a dwarf..., amongst elves, orcs, and men. It is actually sad for me because I at least remember watching the trailers for the other films, and predicting what scenes came from what parts of the books, but with this one it appeared to me that maybe 20% of the trailer was even in the book (that may be slightly exaggerated).
However, while I do agree with dapence's comment that if the movies are bringing new readers to the books, at the very least they are accomplishing something. I have to personally disagree with the allowance of more ambiguity in the Hobbit. There is something unique and special about The Hobbit story that transcends age. I was a Tolkien snob for many years, and was very dismissive of the Hobbit for a long time, but it has taking me years to really appreciate this masterpiece. I think by changing the fundamental nature of what this story was about (coming of age of Mr. Bilbo Baggins) it takes every bit of the magic, and power out of the story. Jackson's series goes from having a potential for greatness to a less then mediocre boring action movie. Making it a little better then Avatar, and a fair amount better the Matrix Reloaded. Sorry for the soap box, that trailer really irked me, and if I said anything to my wife she would just roll her eyes. Thanks TTF for providing a wonderful vent.
'No!' said Thorin. There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!'
The final words of Thorin Okenshield