Let us commence.
Director: Peter Jackson
Some Main Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Aiden Turner, Evangeline Lilly...
The Outrageous Mistakes
The Whole Necromancer Thing
|Gandalf in Dol Guldur|
The Dwarves Vs. Smaug Battles
|The dwarves preparing to enter the Lonely Mountain.|
Trying to Tie in The Hobbit with The Lord of the Rings
Other Things That Irked Me...Just Not As Much
Beorn the Very Bad Bear
|The dwarves try to lock out their host.|
I didn't like the portrayal of Beorn in his bear form. First, we see Beorn as a very mad bear who seems to have a keen hunger for dwarves and hobbit. Then we see him in his bear form protecting the dwarves. What? So as long as you get inside Beorn's house, he'll like you, but until you're safe in it, you're fresh game? I didn't care too much for Beorn in his man form, either. I imagined him to be more muscular, not just simply very tall. I know that he is most likely a vegetarian (excuse my faint knowledge of The Hobbit on this subject...I haven't read it for a while), but still...
No Dwarf Gets Left Behind...Ahhh, Never Mind
So Kili gets badly wounded just so Peter Jackson can stick in some more Kili/Tauriel time (a pairing I actually didn't mind as much as I thought was going to, but it still is definitely not necessary)...and then Kili gets left behind, along with Fili, Oin, and Bofur. What?!?!
The pale orc, Azog the Defiler, was the big controversial thing for me in the last movie. However, there were so many bigger problems that I didn't even mind him that much. Or I just got used to him. Maybe that's why I didn't find the Kili/Tauriel romance too bad. Keep in mind, though, that I didn't particularly care for it - I just find it an 'okay, I guess' thing. The same goes with Legolas. Honestly, though, what I'd really like is to get to know the dwarves better. I still can't tell the differences between most of them.
|Need to see the rest of the chart? I certainly do! Here it is.|
So If Not That, Then What Did I Like?
Ah. A very good question.
|"Step into the light..."|
|Bard brings the dwarves into his home.|
|Martin Freeman's Bilbo|
Master of Laketown
He was as greedy as could be, just like he should be. I can't find really anything wrong with this character's portrayal at all.
As usual, the landscapes were downright gorgeous, and everything looked just about perfect. I didn't spot any flukes like I did with An Unexpected Journey, but that could be because I didn't see it in 3D this time. Thumbs up to the artists, costume designers, and all other techie people. Oh, and Howard Shore's BRILLIANT BRILLIANT music. :) :) :)
|The dwarves look upon Dale and the Mountain.|
It's Just Fanfiction After All
After you get past the outrageous parts, this movie was good fanfiction. The hobbit theme music played at the beginning wasn't the only part that had me smiling with nostalgia (and perhaps a bit idiotically).
|Peter Jackson should stop trying to stuff everything |
with action because this adaptation just overflows
with too much action and not much substance.
With all the parallels and the focus on many fighting scenes, Peter Jackson seems to have forgotten the story of The Hobbit. It's not the fighting. It's not the exciting stuff. It's not even so much the adventures. It's the heart and soul of Tolkien that brings us 'the stories that stayed with us'. That is something that P.J. seemed to forget with all the focusses on tying-in, fighting, and love stories. The Hobbit is not meant so much to be a story of dwarves reclaiming treasure. It is the story of a hobbit, how the smallest person can change the course of the future, and how the little things of this world are the things that matter. There was almost nothing to be found of that in this adaptation.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (which is quite low for me)
I'm looking forward for the end of the trilogy (that should have never been a trilogy in my eyes) this December, but I am prepared to be disappointed unless Peter Jackson does something really good to bring everything back together. I sort of doubt it, but it's something to hope for.