Why ‘The Hobbit’ Movies Suck

I couldn’t agree more with this comparative analysis by DBS Film Society of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies.  It’s not just that Peter Jackson artificially broke up a children’s book into three bloated films, it’s that in doing so he emphasized the superficial over the substantial.

This is what Hollywood has always done in response to a popular, critically-acclaimed film: ape its most superficial qualities in the assumption that that was the key to its popularity.  It’s a classic case of style over substance.  But they’re mistaken.  Samwise himself said it best: “…those are the stories that stayed with you, that meant something–even if you were too small to understand why.”

Brilliant and well worth the watch for any Tolkien fan.

2 thoughts on “Why ‘The Hobbit’ Movies Suck

  1. As much as I liked the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, I hated how they glossed over the ending. Tolkien’s ending showed the grim reality of war and how, even if you were on the winning side, the experience was a devastating one. This whole Hobbit movie business has just rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. It’s a grossly disproportionate caricature of the book. And that’s sad. 😦

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    • I liked the LOTR trilogy too, but there were also several things I didn’t like about it, one of which was also the ending. I felt that the hobbits returning to the Shire to find it unchanged, in particular, was anticlimactic and entirely missed the point.


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