6:18 pm - 01/04/2013

If you disliked changes to The Hobbit, maybe you should brush up on your Tolkien (says guy)

Why Critics Will Come to Regret Their Relentless Savaging of the New Film (I mean, probably not, but w/e)

Despite tentatively positive reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and several smaller urban newspapers, if you've heard much about the first entry in Peter Jackson's much-hyped Hobbit trilogy, it's probably that, well, it isn't very good. Right now the nearly three-hour demi-epic, controversially shot at double the frame-rate of most Hollywood features, is sporting a dispiriting 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie-review aggregator that certifies movies as "fresh" or, as in the case of Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, rotten. (But it's at 65%, unless I'm missing something...?)

What's odd about the naysayers is not their opinions--movie-reviewing, like movie-making, is an artform rife with necessary subjectivities--but how they've gone about substantiating them. If there's one biographical fact avid moviegoers have considered sacrosanct these past few years, it's that Peter Jackson was and is a nerd-king of historic dimensions whose genuine love for all things Tolkien was and is the animating principle behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy and its now-three-part Hobbit companion. Not so, say those scions of the movie-reviewing circuit who've heaped calumny upon The Hobbit; in fact, Jackson's decision to bloat the 310-page children's book into a trilogy on par, in length and cinematic scope, to Tolkien's 1,500-page (in manuscript form, 9,250-page) Lord of the Rings trilogy was entirely a "mercenary" one, according to CNN.

What these critics don't know, and what Jackson most certainly does, is the history of The Hobbit as a text, and of Middle Earth as a holistic construction. While knowledge of the literature behind the film doesn't necessarily imbue the film with automatic cinematic bona fides, it does suggest that, in the long run, critics of The Hobbit will be made to feel rather foolish for their circumspection and (in many instances) their open hostility toward both Jackson and his creation. If there's a reason most critics panning the film don't also encourage moviegoers to avoid it, it's likely that they sense--as they ought to--that future generations will view the effort considerably more kindly, and that therefore The Hobbit is worth seeing now, whatever its infelicities.

More behind the cut - WARNING: after the timeline there's a huge spoiler about Thorin's story arcCollapse )

cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 02:55 am (UTC)
dizzy879 5th-Jan-2013 02:57 am (UTC)
:( They're adorable.
foryoursake08 5th-Jan-2013 02:58 am (UTC)
their looks just break my heart :(
carboni 5th-Jan-2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Most heartbreaking scene in the whole almost 3 hour movie.
planetrob 5th-Jan-2013 04:21 am (UTC)
xandy_candyx 5th-Jan-2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
etoile_du_soir 5th-Jan-2013 02:56 am (UTC)
xandy_candyx 5th-Jan-2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
gurl, look at that body!
etoile_du_soir 5th-Jan-2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
He's sexy and he knows it! :P
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 02:56 am (UTC)
egalitarianmuse 5th-Jan-2013 03:25 am (UTC)
I loved this scene so hard.
joyeuxcherie 5th-Jan-2013 02:56 am (UTC)

cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 02:57 am (UTC)
dizzy879 5th-Jan-2013 02:59 am (UTC)
ladysherlock 5th-Jan-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
bodyline 5th-Jan-2013 02:57 am (UTC)

shadowfax 5th-Jan-2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
ughh Love this so much :'((
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 02:57 am (UTC)

foryoursake08 5th-Jan-2013 02:58 am (UTC)
lol I just love this scene. Bilbo's just like "ya'll are fucking dumb as shit, shut up!"
dizzy879 5th-Jan-2013 03:01 am (UTC)
onmyshore 5th-Jan-2013 03:14 am (UTC)
I randomly yell this around the house sometimes lol.
interpol15 5th-Jan-2013 03:34 am (UTC)
I laughed so hard st this scene.

Oh Kili, it's a good thing that you're pretty.
drasticsigns 5th-Jan-2013 04:05 am (UTC)
lmfao I love that he yells that at Bilbo
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 04:24 am (UTC)
haha, bilbo's like "why do I even bother?"
foryoursake08 5th-Jan-2013 02:58 am (UTC)
imanat 5th-Jan-2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Adorable bastards
carboni 5th-Jan-2013 03:30 am (UTC)
They´re adorable both on and off screen.
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 02:58 am (UTC)

xandy_candyx 5th-Jan-2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
love him! <3
thaumos 5th-Jan-2013 02:59 am (UTC)
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 02:59 am (UTC)
misscrystal 5th-Jan-2013 03:01 am (UTC)
the now much-hated, Jar Jar Binks-analogized Radagast the Brown

Um, fuck that. Radagast was flawless.
joyeuxcherie 5th-Jan-2013 03:01 am (UTC)
dizzy879 5th-Jan-2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Beautiful! :)
planetrob 5th-Jan-2013 04:26 am (UTC)
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 03:02 am (UTC)
planetrob 5th-Jan-2013 04:26 am (UTC)
bodyline 5th-Jan-2013 03:02 am (UTC)

this scene had a ripple effect thru the audience every time i saw the movie. all the lotr fans suddenly realized this is the opening of FotR and it's like "oh god no frodo don't go noooooooooooooooooo"
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Elijah Wood spoiled it for me but I was excited none the less. I had to explain it to my mom like twice for her to understand.

You know he'll be at the end of the last movie sitting himself down at that tree
bodyline 5th-Jan-2013 03:08 am (UTC)

anolinde 5th-Jan-2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Omg, that would be an amazing way to end it - like if they had a little montage of Bilbo finishing up his story, Frodo going to sit down at the tree, and Gandalf rolling into the Shire...
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