E is for Embellish: Jackson’s Unexpected Hobbit

8 thoughts on “E is for Embellish: Jackson’s Unexpected Hobbit”

  1. Your essay ties in nicely to one of my criticisms of the film: though “The Hobbit” created Middle-Earth, it really doesn’t tie into what Middle-Earth eventually becomes and what we are familiar with.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. It’s a movie. You are being overtly critical. Films will not in reality ever fully follow the plots of the book. If it did than the Lord of the Rings films would have as Peter Jackson said, been ‘Un-filmable’. The same can be said for other film adaptations of novels like Harry Potter which have a gigantic sprawling universe involving multiple worlds, and characters, just like the world of Tolkien.

    Peter Jackon, Weta Workshop, and their cast and crew for the Lord of the Rings, and Hobbit films, were one of the few teams willing to undertake the world of Middle Earth, since Tolkien invented, and published his novels 50 to 60 years ago today.

    Peter and his team were also very passionate about the universe, yes there are changes, but at least you can believe in the vision that they created. If you watch the extended editions, the documentaries of the making, and everything else in between including the movies themselves, you would be incredibly impressed.

    Alot of work went into the Hobbit film and the Lord of the Rings. Work that was undertaken with respect to Tolkien’s novels. It is better to have these films made by passionate fans of the original literature, than to have them ripped apart, sewn back together, and spat out by others that would have undercut everything in terms of design, characterisation, and plot.

    Peter set the bar for other fantastical films.

    Just look at Kingdom of Heaven, a film based on historical events, and you can tell that the primary battle scenes are reminiscent of Helm’s Deep in the Two Towers film.

    If you do not agree with how the films for the Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit have come out than please point to another director that could have done a better job.

    1. thanks for your comments. you really put a great deal of thoughts into it, so that’s appreciated. most of what you write upon I touch on in the post, so no need to go over. i just have a different take. I will point out however, I am not arguing that Jackson should just “follow” the plot of the book. as I wrote, I was glad he diverged from the book in LOTR. I simply didn’t care for his divergences in The Hobbit. as for being “unfilmable,” we know The Hobbit is film-able as is because there’s already a long existing cartoon that shows this. Jackson chose to make the story *more complex* with added plot lines that just didn’t work. given the lackluster ratings, audiences didn’t care for it either. sometimes more is less. who do I think would be the best director for the film? Jackson! he showed this with LOTR which was brilliant. he just wasn’t as good this time around. I’ll still be going to see the next Hobbit movie. hope it gets better!

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