September 7, 2012 by Devin
By all rights, the adaptation of The Hobbit by Peter Jackson should be beyond excellent. Jackson did an amazing job with the three Lord of the Rings movies, and beyond Jackson, a lot of LOTR alumni are coming back for this movie (including Gandalf and Gollum). Furthermore, the movie looks like the Middle Earth from the previous films, and the cast seems like they will do an amazing job. So why aren’t I excited at all for this movie?
Well all that I have heard about this movie makes it seem a bit off. The biggest worry I have about this movie adaptation is that it will be three movies: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and There and Back Again. This seems to run contrary to what Jackson accomplished in the LOTR movies, especially considering that The Hobbit, compared to LOTR, is a much smaller and much more personal story. Sure, there is a battle with 5 armies, but unlike LOTR, The Hobbit has a main character whose perspective we are attached to. There is no need to jump between perspectives in order to effectively communicate the main storyline. And plus, the LOTR movies did an incredibly effective job at telling a huge tale without moving too fast or skipping over too much.
So why are there three movies?
There are some pretty big potential benefits. Having three movies may make it so Jackson can tell an epic tale at his own pace and without losing the sense of character and culture that Tolkien was famous for. The longer runtime will allow Jackson to really nail those small moments without making the audience sit in the theater for 3+ hours.
However, I can’t help but think of all the ways this could go wrong. Will the first two movies really have an ending? Will the pace slow to a crawl? I’ve seen the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings movies. I understand why those scenes were eventually cut. Granted, I love the extended editions, but from a film perspective (and not from a geek perspective), I think the original editions are slightly better. Will The Hobbit movies be unnecessarily long?
I’m sure that the movies will turn out more than adequate, but I just can’t get excited over them, a similar feeling I had for The Dark Knight Rises (and that turned out… well… more on that later).
So what do you think? Are you excited for The Hobbit, or do you share similar concerns?