Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Hobbit

Jaclyn and I have been watching the Hobbit film trilogy again. The thing we both say just about every time that we turn it on is how it feels inferior to both the book it was based on and the original Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Whether Jackson was adding characters (Tauriel) or changing scenes (the presence of Orcs in the "Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire" scene/chapter, it just feels off.

We're also not too keen on the increased reliance on CGi this time around, preferring practical effects in movies of this nature. It also doesn't help that the movie looks quite fake. I attribute a lot of that to the framerate at which it was shot, but I could be wrong.

Still, these aren't bad movies by any stretch. There is clear character development in each film, notably with Thorin, son of Thrain and with Bilbo Baggins. Then there's the extremely convincing effect used to create Smaug the dragon.

Not all the changes are necessarily negative. The inclusion of Legolas makes sense. He is the son of Thranduil and it would makes sense from a lore perspective that he'd be present - even if not mentioned by name - during the adventure to reclaim the Lonely Mountain.

Anyway, that's all I really have to say for now. See ya!

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