Tag Archives: Tolkien

Lord of the Wings

26 Feb



The Hobbits

11 Feb


The Hobbit…Eh?

24 Jan


I came into the Tolkien world backwards.  I didn’t read the books first, I know, terrible to admit!

I remember sitting in the theater for the first film and hearing Cate Blanchett start the whole thing off.  I was freaking hooked!  Instantly went out and bought one of those packs with The Hobbit and the Trilogy together.  Many years later and countless hours of raised nerd-bumps (re: goose bumps) watching the various edited, extended, and special versions of the Trilogy, I made the mistake of being excited about the Hobbit.

Normally, I am an upbeat guy and try to find the good things in what ever I am watching/reading.  I figure if I am pissing my time away I may as well ensure I take something of value away.  As many of you may know already, this isn’t the case with our newest trek to Middle-Earth.

Where the film falls down, in my opinion, is in two simple areas:

1. It is simply buckles under its own weight.  It literally feels like since the Trilogy was this epic ordeal, the fans need to have that same feeling.  Which we don’t.  The Hobbit was fucking fun that last time I saw the 70’s cartoon of it.

2. It feels like a sequel, not a prequel.  The position of the story comes from the angle that we know the world goes to shit, four fat little creatures play with a WMD in the form of a ring, and the all kinds of crazy monster battles tear apart massive castles.  Once again, I remember The Hobbit being fucking fun.

I guess my overall feeling here is, watch the movie if you can’t live with out experiencing everything Tolkien.  Don’t watch the movie if you are expecting to have fun (I get there are some heavy moments, but seriously, the tone is all off).

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