Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, Will It Jump The Shark?!

First I had read that the Hobbit was going to be two movies, I was skeptical but thought it might work.  Then the news that it's going to be 3 movies long, that gave me pause.  Jackson is bringing back several actors as the characters they played in Lord Of the Rings, some of whom were not born until well after the events in the Hobbit.  Another pause.  Yes I know they will probably be doing flashbacks with Frodo, Legolas will make an appearance in Thranduil's court (which isn't in the book), Sauruman will make an appearance due to exerpts from the appendices in Lord of the rings.  But the one thing that really gets me is a pretty she elf warrior custom made to appeal to a broader audience.  Taurel is not a character mentioned in any of the books, I'm guessing Peter Jackson was thinking that there weren't enough "strong female role-models" in the book so why not add one in.

Evangiline Lilly from Lost fame, will be playing the character.  Yes, I'm still going to see it on opening day like the other three movies, but I'm not quite as excited about it. It's just got me doing the face palm.


  1. I am right there with you on all accounts. I will take a wait and see approach. I am both excited and skeptical all at the same time. I do have to admit, adding the female elf had my hackles up when I first read the news.

  2. I can see taking that liberty with the story will enrage some - personally I think its a bit pointless.

    Its the mixed look of the Dwarfs that has me a little cold - I haven't been following things massively closely so I'm not sure why some seem to have the works in terms of make-up and prosthetics, while others look pretty much normal with some extra braided hair. I hope its not the case of the "stars" not wanting their good looks obscured under Dwarfish features!

    Not sure I like the sound of telling the story through flashbacks - not a story technique I'm massively fond of as I can imagine the scenes where we cut back to Frodo and friends gasping in wonder at Bilbo's exploits will prove an annoying interruption to the action...

    Still going to see it mind :)

  3. I really don't care, I just can't wait, lets face it, it will be pretty hard to make this into a bad movie, and the more movies the merrier, I hope it turns into a series of off shoot movies, as long as they are all big budget, and well made.

  4. My understanding is that they are trying to bring in a lot that was going on at the time, but was not in the actual book. Maybe we'll see the confrontation between Gandalf and the necromancer (Sauron) which was not detailed in the book but did happen at the same time.

    All I care about is that they get the core book right and not change the book stuff. The extra stuff is extra.

  5. Yeah, I'm going to it as well I just don't like characters being created to fit what the director wants. I don't mind the idea of going to the Unfinished Tales and Appendices because after all there are events that Tolkien wrote about that happened during The Hobbit but didn't happen in the book.

    I do hope they add some scenes from when Gandalf disguises himself and infiltrates Dol Guldur and finds Thorin's dying father Thrain II imprisoned there and then subsequently gives Gandalf the key and map to Erebor.

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