Goody, as they say, gumdrops!
I’m a little worried about spreading the story out over two films, because unlike “The Lord of the Rings”, there really isn’t the same volume of material. Also, I’m not sure about Fili and Kili being hot young dwarves, although I suppose by Dwarven standards they’re not: “Look at them! They’re so scrawny, and they haven’t beards worthy of the name, and they’re not even a century old!”
On the other hand, Martin Freeman is going to be a perfect Bilbo Baggins, the Battle of the Five Armies is going to be epic (and there’s a legitimate canon reason for the Elves to be there this time!) and it should be impossible to screw up Thorin’s last meeting with Bilbo (seriously, a turnip dressed up as a donkey wearing a dunce’s cap should not be able to make that anything but heart-breaking, if they just stick to what Tolkien wrote and don’t decide that the scene needs mumakil-surfing or dwarf-tossing or giant eagle races or something).
Three films, correct?
Correct. Unexpected Journey, then tentatively Desolation of Smaug, and There and Back Again, I think.
Eh. I approach Jackson’s films like I approach watching a school play. I’m sure there will be some nostalgic or emotional reactions that things in the play will tap into, but there will probably be some embarrassing moments as well. Not that any one movie can do it all. I just don’t place Jackson’s attempts to bring the works to the screen any higher than I do any previous attempts.
That sums it up for me, Dave G. I can’t get past Jackson’s schlock factor.
Exactly, Dave G. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Those are not dwarves. THIS is a dwarf: http://www.youtube.com/v/ohAiz7mje4g
Maybe it’s because Jackson shot these movies in some super high definition camera, but I’ve had the same reaction to all of THE HOBBIT trailers so far: I don’t see any of my beloved characters. I see talented actors in costumes and make up. On the dwarves especially, the prosthetic faces really stick out.
I still want to live in Rivendell though.
Like in my first comment. The lack of pituitary dwarfism due to the discovery of human growth hormone in 1970 has strained Hollywood’s ability to portray even the mythical race vaguely accurately.
So basically, it’s going to be one film’s worth of The Hobbit, plus two films’ worth of Kiwi Tolkien fanfic. Complete with cut-and-paste new Elven names, most of which are exactly the same names that teenagers on fanfiction.net have had online for the last ten years.
Of course, this is opposed to LOTR, which was at least two films’ worth of mostly-Tolkien, and only one film’s worth of inexperienced fanficcer stuff (including the classic “fall for no reason but angsty drama”, as so often deployed on Captain Kirk; pointless comedy moments for serious characters; turning heroic guys into villains just for drama and angst; and making resolute characters into wimps just for drama and angst.)
I respect the actors. I’m very sad about the filmmaking. So far, it looks like Rankin Bass is still in the lead when it comes to a reasonable presentation of the story, which is a great waste of all the talent and money poured into these productions. I’m hoping to be proved wrong.
Oooooh, I just checked that trailer out (which I had to find on youtube, since Mark’s link no longer works). It is going to be several hours of fanfic. Not looking forward to it anymore. Might be worse than LotR, if that’s possible.