Hobbit movie = sad Jarrett

I had the dubious pleasure of watching The Hobbit last weekend and had to share my ennui. You see, the book itself is one of the most imaginative tales ever told – making it into a movie should’ve been a no brainer. Don’t be afeard, I’m still gonna post about brain stuff tomorrow, this just had to be said. Sociologizing everything like I do, I found the coexistence of so many different peoples and the unique customs of each group to be captivating enough for me to really enjoy the book. I didn’t have to read about 13 dwarves, a wizard and a Hobbit slaying LEGIONS of goblins with hardly a scratch.I got all the action I could’ve asked for when they FOUGHT A DRAGON. Also, there was lots of action during the

***SPOILER ALERT***
battle of the five armies, I can only imagine the orgy of CG and outlandishness PJ has planned for that.
***END SPOILER ALERT***

Will I watch the second one? Yes, but I certainly won’t be in a hurry. My main reason for watching it will be to see how badly PJ butchers it, notably the spoiler mentioned above.

I should mention that I’ve read the book several times, read the entire LOTR series and worship the books and the movies. Have read the Silmarilion and Children of Hurin a few times each – two of my favorite reads of all time. I feel qualified to assert that Tolkien’s stories don’t need gratuitous action to be awesome.

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  1. Jarrett, Maybe I should read the book again. I thouroughly enjoyed the Hobbit movie. I know it doesn’t tell the tale as he wrote it out, but tolkien kept going back to it and updating it hence the details about Dol Guldur and the Necromancer. Plus, it’s cool to see Radagast and see the dwarves lose their home in Moria and Erebor. Guess I’m just a sucker for all the extra stuff. I agree we’re overloaded with CG nowadays, but its what it is now. We’re doomed to Jar Jar “awesomeness” for the rest of our natural lives. I must admit that I’m overall disappointed in the prequel sw trilogy and feel no desire to watch them again. So if that’s close to the way ya feel about the hobbit, I feel ya. But I loved the vg knights of the old republic. That rekindled some feelings I had about the sw mythology. Its a hit and miss I guess. To be honest, I’m looking forward to how invisoBilbo is gonna send some mirkwood spiders to an early afterlife. Attercrop!

  2. Jarrett, Maybe I should read the book again. I thouroughly enjoyed the Hobbit movie. I know it doesn’t tell the tale as he wrote it out, but tolkien kept going back to it and updating it hence the details about Dol Guldur and the Necromancer. Plus, it’s cool to see Radagast and see the dwarves lose their home in Moria and Erebor. Guess I’m just a sucker for all the extra stuff. I agree we’re overloaded with CG nowadays, but its what it is now. We’re doomed to Jar Jar “awesomeness” for the rest of our natural lives. I must admit that I’m overall disappointed in the prequel sw trilogy and feel no desire to watch them again. So if that’s close to the way ya feel about the hobbit, I feel ya. But I loved the vg knights of the old republic. That rekindled some feelings I had about the sw mythology. Its a hit and miss I guess. To be honest, I’m looking forward to how invisoBilbo is gonna send some mirkwood spiders to an early afterlife. Attercop!

    1. Rob, I’m still gonna watch the rest of the movies. The first ~30 minutes of the movie were awesome. I really felt like it captured the essence of the book – then the mindless action scenes started. I can only hope they’re not going to muck up the part where Bilbo meets Smaug. That part is all about the exchange of words. And I agree with you on the prequel trilogy until Revenge of the Sith – I think George finally got it right with that one. Anyway, good to hear from ye! You get my last email?

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