January 15, 2013
Peter Jackson Needs a Chill Pill
Can we get an intervention for Peter Jackson? It's too bad he'll never make anything to compare with LOTR, because he's certainly trying hard. Too hard! Ease up a little! The Hobbit starts out all cutesy (yuk), with comical hairstyles and dwarfish hijinks. But once they get on the road and start fighting, it seems like they never stop. The action is frenetic, and a headache-inducing blur in 3D. Then it comes to abrupt end, before they ever even see the dragon. This mess needs some judicious editing, maybe as far back as the script. I didn't think there was enough material for another trilogy, but I guess PJ can stretch the fight scenes to fill the time allotted. There is a BIG budget for Orc costumes, but the Orcs in LOTR didn't feel compelled to speak Orkish and I don't care if they have a language or not. The LOTR cast is back, altho Cate Blanchett looks like she has a ramrod up her.....Maybe her tiara was too tight. I'll go see the next two but I'm already disappointed.
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