Confession time: I have only seen the first Hobbit movie in its entirety. The rest? I’ve only caught bits and pieces, coming in and out of the room when my mom is watching. The reason? The first movie (can’t recall its subtitle) really bummed me out.
And, as the years have gone by since its release, I’ve mulled over why it bummed me out so much. When I mentioned it on Twitter, I was informed that Peter Jackson was under time constraints and it wasn’t his fault that the movie didn’t meet its full potential. All righty, then. I wasn’t watching it for Peter Jackson. In fact, it’s time for a second confession:
Out of the Lord of the Rings movies, I only enjoyed The Fellowship of the Ring.
*runs from raving mob*
And that gives me some insight into why I don’t like the Hobbit films: I’m in love with my imaginary version of Middle Earth. Yes, the sets were delightful, the characters looked delightful, everything looked pretty much as it was described in the book. But nothing can quite match up with the action you have running in your head as you read a book. You’re the director, the actors, the…well, not the screenwriter, but a lot of the crew that pitches in to make a movie.
Think Beorn could have been better done? Recast him in your imagination! Despise the way someone said a line in the movie? Redub it in your mind when you’re reading the book.
These are just some thoughts on the matter…which I’ve probably shared before, but I can’t remember if or when.
What about YOU? Can you think of any movies that you liked better than the book? I’d love to know!
Keep your nose in a book,
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