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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Movie Discussion: The Hobbit: In the Spirit of Tolkien....Or not.: Edit Log

Black Breathalizer

Oct 5 2012, 4:13pm

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In the Spirit of Tolkien....Or not.

For the sake of this discussion, let us assume that the following concerns that sinister71 had with the trailer are, in fact, legitimate and reflect observations that some fans will actually have after seeing Film One:

sinister71 wrote:
1. middle earth just seems brighter and more colorful and less "real" (very noticeably so IMO)
2..some of the dwarves, new creatures, and bad guys just look very cartoonish (again opinion) compared to the more realistic approach they took last time
4. and so far the overall tone from riddles in the dark the overall showing of the dwarves just seems too comical, is this a comedy or an action adventure fantasy film?

Think about it, If JRR Tolkien had written The Hobbit after writing LOTR, wouldn't book fans have had the exact same criticisms about the Professor's story:
----Too bright and cheery
----Too unreal; more of a 'fairy tale'

----The dwarves seemed too comical
----Characters like the trolls and Gollum come off very cartoonish.

Ironically, PJ and the film makers are in a no win situation. Try to be faithful to the spirit of the book and get blasted for "not being enough like LOTR" or present films more like LOTR in tone and plot from the beginning and be blasted for "not being true to the spirit of Tolkien."

My expectation is that the film makers are going to make Film One more like the original children's tale; Film Two will be a transition film with the first part of the film continuing with the same tone through the spiders and then becoming increasingly 'adult fantasy' as the dwarves reach Laketown. Film Three will be in the grand, epic style of the LOTR. In this way, Jackson pays homage to Tolkien and helps bridge the great divide in the tone of the Professor's two great literary creations.

(This post was edited by Black Breathalizer on Oct 5 2012, 4:18pm)

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