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 )

missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:16 am (UTC)

lathwen1 5th-Jan-2013 05:19 am (UTC)
dirrtypony 5th-Jan-2013 05:21 am (UTC)
omg! this is too precious
pamuya 5th-Jan-2013 05:22 am (UTC)
omg i love them

ladysherlock 5th-Jan-2013 05:23 am (UTC)
hehe this is so cute.
modernelegance 5th-Jan-2013 05:41 am (UTC)
pastelstar 5th-Jan-2013 05:42 am (UTC)
I want them to live together when they retire and for it to be on tv for us to squee at
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:42 am (UTC)
best show ever
a_files06 5th-Jan-2013 10:22 am (UTC)
Just add in Betty White and it would be utter hilarousness
mushroom18 5th-Jan-2013 06:27 am (UTC)
I would just die in their presence, omg
cwazy_weiven 8th-Jan-2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Do you have the video of this?
lathwen1 5th-Jan-2013 05:17 am (UTC)
Things I do all day: check the Aidan Turner tag on tumblr.
And the bad thing is: gets updated every second!
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 05:18 am (UTC)
You know what? Before the Hobbit...Aidan Turner tag was pretty fucking dead.

dizzy879 5th-Jan-2013 05:19 am (UTC)
Were they spelling it "Aiden" Turner? Lol.
lathwen1 5th-Jan-2013 05:20 am (UTC)
I know! I was alone stanning for him and the previous Fili.

They still spell his name wrong tho.

Edited at 2013-01-05 05:21 am (UTC)
dizzy879 5th-Jan-2013 05:18 am (UTC)
Ain't nothing wrong with that ;)
imanat 5th-Jan-2013 07:17 am (UTC)
lol all I've seen on there is a lot of Being Human fans all pissed off that people are suddenly paying attention to Aidan, and an occasional pretty picture of him~
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 05:18 am (UTC)
lathwen1 5th-Jan-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
Daniel Craig's younger brother imo
bienenkiste 5th-Jan-2013 10:42 am (UTC)
Ryan Gosling done right IMHO
shadowpiranha 5th-Jan-2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh hai why haven't I seen you before this, Dean? Why?!
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:18 am (UTC)

I really like this version of Misty Moutains Cold with the added verses, but the girls creep me out. They smile too much

Edited at 2013-01-05 05:20 am (UTC)
etoile_du_soir 5th-Jan-2013 05:22 am (UTC)
It's good (though I jumped a bit when the women started singing around 1 min O_O) but it definitely lack Richard perfect voice.
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:23 am (UTC)
OH yea Richard's is definitely better, I just wish it was longer
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:19 am (UTC)
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:21 am (UTC)

drasticsigns 5th-Jan-2013 05:22 am (UTC)
lmfao the armpits bit
asherlev1 5th-Jan-2013 05:41 am (UTC)
god, he's a suave motherfucker.

cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 05:21 am (UTC)
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:22 am (UTC)
the green food line is the moment I truly and properly fell for him
pamuya 5th-Jan-2013 05:23 am (UTC)
this is me LOLLLLLL
lathwen1 5th-Jan-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
drasticsigns 5th-Jan-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
cannot with this cutie
ludmi_83 5th-Jan-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
this is me always
shadowpiranha 5th-Jan-2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
I was at the theater all "ME TOO ORI ME TOO" because honestly. I mean I eat it, but there's no passion in it.
drasticsigns 5th-Jan-2013 05:24 am (UTC)
okay but why haven't I seen any gifs of Thorin gnawing on the drawstring of his sack after the trolls catch them?
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
lol, what? Need to look for that next time I watch.
drasticsigns 5th-Jan-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
lol yeah it's like the first shot of them all lying there after they've been sacked
firebenders 5th-Jan-2013 05:37 am (UTC)
i noticed that the first time i watched it and it's all i see now tbh. so adorable.
pastelstar 5th-Jan-2013 05:54 am (UTC)
That part is so cute but he only does it closer for like 2 secs
imanat 5th-Jan-2013 07:22 am (UTC)
Ikr? He yells along with the others too when Bilbo starts telling them how to cook them, I want to know what he's saying XD
bienenkiste 5th-Jan-2013 10:43 am (UTC)
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:24 am (UTC)

Saddest moment in the movie? y/y
onmyshore 5th-Jan-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Aidan Turner looks a little bit like Karl Urban in that bottom gif.
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:26 am (UTC)
I see it, too bad Karl's not in the Hobbit
adlanth 5th-Jan-2013 11:51 am (UTC)
Huh, he does! That's funny.
drasticsigns 5th-Jan-2013 05:26 am (UTC)
imanat 5th-Jan-2013 07:23 am (UTC)
lol I made this and all the comments people added are hilarious
nebulous_mirage 5th-Jan-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
lathwen1 I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Sexiest dwarf?

I can't decide, Fili or Kili...
missedith17 Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
drasticsigns Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Thorin imho

followed by Fili
onmyshore Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
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I am far too old for the kind of crush on him that I've developed.
dizzy879 Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:30 am (UTC)
Both are hot, but for me it's Kili.
cuteej4 Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
Kili, fili, thorin
etoile_du_soir Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:36 am (UTC)
Sexiest hands down:

And Fili is the prettiest though!
bienenkiste Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 10:51 am (UTC)
pamuya Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:44 am (UTC)
pastelstar Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 05:58 am (UTC)
andromakhe001 Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 06:51 am (UTC)
imanat Re: I want to know 5th-Jan-2013 07:26 am (UTC)
goldmourn 5th-Jan-2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for making this post!
anolinde 5th-Jan-2013 05:35 am (UTC)
Np! I can't believe it got so many comments, haha.
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 05:29 am (UTC)
This is Aiden Turner

This is Aidan Turner
lathwen1 5th-Jan-2013 05:33 am (UTC)
etoile_du_soir 5th-Jan-2013 05:38 am (UTC)
Now how do we get Aidan in Aiden's position?
cuteej4 5th-Jan-2013 05:40 am (UTC)
Well...if I dig, I can find that one gif of Aidan in bed with a sheet covering very little
pamuya 5th-Jan-2013 05:44 am (UTC)
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:30 am (UTC)

Great, now this is stuck in my head

Edited at 2013-01-05 05:30 am (UTC)
anolinde 5th-Jan-2013 05:35 am (UTC)
Ha, I watched TTT at the theater recently and everyone cracked up when he said that line. It's how I knew I was watching with real fans. ;)
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:39 am (UTC)
When I went to see Avengers I was getting popcorn and the people in front of me were talking about Thor and how he was from Asgard, but one of the girls mistakenly said Isengard so 2 of the guys she was with started singing this and dancing around her, I legitimately laughed out loud at them.

Edited at 2013-01-05 05:39 am (UTC)
asherlev1 5th-Jan-2013 05:43 am (UTC)
wow sorry just wondering? this still plays at the theater? I WANNA SEE IT. I missed my chance when it first came out DDD:
ladysherlock 5th-Jan-2013 05:39 am (UTC)
this and Bale Out are kick ass work out songs
pamuya 5th-Jan-2013 05:45 am (UTC)
i havent even hit play yet and it's in my head

might as well hit play and get the full experience
shadowpiranha 5th-Jan-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
My ringtone.
missedith17 5th-Jan-2013 05:31 am (UTC)

imanat 5th-Jan-2013 07:27 am (UTC)
and then they get bitched out by their uncle lol
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