If JRR Tolkien had a cynical sense of humor, he’d have appreciated the latest take on The Hobbit. Unfortunately, he gave the impression of being a scholarly and sensitive individual. He must be developing ulcers as he watches what they’ve done to his children’s masterpiece.
I was fortunate enough to rent The Hobbit on Netflix rather than seeing it in the theatre. I would probably have walked out within the first ten minutes and demanded a refund of the admission price. As it was, I spent about 3/4 of the film on the fast-forward button, pausing only to check and see what they did to the book in that particular episode.
Nice -but pointless – idea to try and tie the story line in with LOTR. Anyone who saw those 3 has a pretty good concept of what came before (considering that the screenwriter wasted the first half hour in a capsule summary of The Hobbit in Fellowship) and nobody else was going to watch it anyway. And sorry, but singing dwarves are not my kind of fun.
What really frosted the cake for me was the fact that they’re milking this into 3 parts. A good editor could have told the story in one two-hour movie (and left out Galadriel and assorted other material that had no place in the book). Almost 3 hours and they haven’t gotten past the first ten chapters. LOTR was a brilliant series (although they could have hacked 20 minutes off the end of part 3 without loss), but this one’s a waste of time and effort.