posted on Aug, 25 2014 @ 08:18 PM
originally posted by: Bybyots
I appreciate the enthusiasm, but it has to be said:
Jackson has gone way too far.
It's a childrens' book.
Now look at it. What a mess.
When Jackson first started making these movies he claimed to understand the responsibility he had taken on for generations of fans of Tolkein's
He has seriously lost his way, but it's too late to really do anything but point it out and not see the movie.
He should have just made an original fantasy series.
I'm inclined to agree with you - My first official chapter book was The Hobbit
, back in 4th grade; my Mom kept a paperback set in the basement
for years, and I finally asked her what they were about.
Now, without digressing from the main point of this post - The other Lord of the Rings books weren't meant for kids, but reading the Hobbit was
easily understandable to my 4th-grade self. You have a quest to steal gold back from an evil dragon, a bunch of dwarves, and some funny elements that
hint at darker things kids don't think about (For example, having a bear sit on an orc and kill him is funny to a kid...until that kid realizes that
more creatures were killed in there). My Mom also tossed me a bibliography, where the idea for this book was to read it in parts to kids around a fire
or at bedtime.
In regards to the movie, I already posted I was dissatisfied with the second, more than the first. The original Trilogy was almost spot on, especially
in the extended editions; sadly, the only thing I am walking away with from the Hobbit Trilogy is the music.
I'm going to see it, but internally the movie is ranked below other films that are coming out - Too much has changed from the book. In all honesty,
the Hobbit movie should have been no more than two films; The first could have ended when in the Wood-elves kingdom (skipping out Legolas, or showing
a brief clip of him, and removing the dwarf + elf romantic plot), with the second film starting up with driving the Necromancer from Mirkwood (instead
of having him lead the army away).
PS: For those saying the Hobbit isn't a kid's book; I say compare the writing styles - In 4th grade, the Hobbit made sense, Lord of the Rings did
not. 6th grade came around, and Lord of the Rings started to make sense.