Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Hobbit movies...

The first part of the new Peter Jackson film trilogy loosely based on J.R.R Tolkien's great book The Hobbit premieres tomorrow in cinemas throughout the land. Unlike 11 years ago when I first saw The Lord of the Rings at my local Cineworld I will not be going to see any of these new films. Jackson eviscerated The Lord of the Rings by turning it into an action film for an audience of 15-25 year olds, and it seems that these new films will be no different. The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has gone too far for me. There is only one solution for me now, and that is to turn my head away.

1 comment:

  1. I view the Lord of the Rings as very flawed adaptations, but good films nonetheless. Many audiences who probably will never read the books can enjoy a diluted version of the story. They could (and should!) have been better, but if we can all agree that they are adaptations taking a lot of artistic license, we should be fine with that.

    That said, I'm kind of worried about this new trilogy. Cutting things because the films would be too long I can understand, but adding too many new material and questionable new characters is a very bad idea. Well, at least the soundtrack is quite good, and I guess it would be very possible to cut away all the 'junk' added by Peter Jackson with software, and getting a version of the Hobbit that follows the book more closely.