December 15, 2012
Nowhere Near As Good as LOTR.
The Hobbit is a long movie, and it feels long. In LOTR, Jackson brought in a little of the back story from the Silmarillion (which is a complete history of Middle Earth, and reads like a dusty history book...) to add some needed context and the Aragorn/Arwen love story. In The Hobbit, Jackson brings in far too much, and invents far too much. Somewhere around the two and a half hour mark, I was wondering, "is this movie ever going to end?"
My biggest beef is that he deviated from the book in far too many places. The main villain in the movie isn't even in the book! Most of the core scenes from the book were changed quite a bit.
For parents, this movie is much more violent than LOTR.
Rather than making two GREAT movies about the Hobbit, Peter Jackson has decided to make three mediocre movies, leaving the heart of the book in the screen writer's wastebasket. Three movies makes more money than two. Very disappointing.
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