Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m pretty sure you’ll have heard about Peter Jackson’s new Hobbit film. As the first part of a new trilogy set in Middle Earth, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s (single) novel, the film has come under a weight of criticism, people complaining that the film is too long, too stretched out, and that there’s no way that Jackson can stretch the 100k word novel into three, three hour movies.
But as I sit here, I wonder just how many of those actually read the book. Tolkien skips over so much of the overarching story in the novel, the events surrounding Dol Guldur and the Necromancer being one of them. Over the course of the trilogy, Jackson aims to show these events to the viewer. And people are complaining. The way I see it, if Jackson had compressed the whole novel into just one film, people would complain that it was too rushed.
Personally, I thought the film was pretty good. It didn’t reach the heights of Lord of the Rings, but I’m hoping the next two films will excel this one. And, at times, it did look a bit plastic, but this was only something I noticed afterwards, not whilst in the cinema. I’m just happy to see one of the greatest novels of our time brought to the big screen. If Tolkien was alive today, I’m sure he’d agree.
So go on and watch The Hobbit without the opinions of others (even mine) to mar your viewing, because it really is good.
Though I have to say, Jackson, did you really need to subtitle the orcs’ guttural language? It was quite obvious that they were whining about dwarves, and just looked a little cheesy.