Stars of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit have re-convened here in Wellington NZ for final pick-up shooting.
I’m undecided whether I’ll see the rest of the trilogy. I saw the first – and wasn’t impressed.
My gripes? The cast couldn’t be faulted. Wonderful, wonderful performers. But The Hobbit (novel) was a tightly constructed hero journey. Jackson’s first-part movie wasn’t. It rambled. It brought sub-plots and details that Tolkien never wrote.
It seemed to veer between epic serious – on a scale well above the novel – and Jackson-style visual slapstick, which didn’t bear much resemblance to Tolkien’s quietly intellectual jokes.
I am a huge Tolkien fan. And a huge Jackson fan. Movies don’t have to follow books – but they do have to work as a movie.
This time? Meh.
Have you seen The Hobbit – what are your thoughts?
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