Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: An open letter to Peter Jackson

By James A. Molnar
TGK Editor

Dear Peter Jackson,

Whose idea was it to make "The Hobbit" into three films?

Don't get me wrong; there is enough mythology in J.R.R. Tolkien's universe to create dozens of movies. And it's great stuff, too. But let's look at the raw numbers.

The new trilogy is based on one 300-page book, along with various other writings and “Lord of the Rings” appendices by Tolkien. Each film of your better trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings,” was based upon a specific book, each about 400 pages.

But I’ve accepted that these three movies will feature superfluous scenes, engorging embellishments and turgid lengths.

So let’s get to this film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which audiences have waited a year to see.

While your first film in the trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," featured stunning CGI and impressive 3-D, some of the best of 2012, this time around, the 3-D is sloppy and dizzying.

The road to the Lonely Mountain, where the dwarves are hoping to reclaim their kingdom from the avaricious dragon Smaug, is long and winding. It’s highly treacherous, filled with spiders and the occasional pack of orcs. There is beaucoup action, which will satiate fans that complained about too few action scenes in the first.

I hate to say it but, in this movie, there is no time to stop and smell the roses. It’s all action, all the time.

The first movie was long, yet rewarding. This sequel is also long, but neither rewarding nor fun.

There are not enough moments of interest. Besides a few scenes, this movie is unneeded.

And when Bilbo Baggins, one of my favorite characters played by Martin Freeman, finally gets to the mountain with the dwarves and meets the dragon, the scene is underwhelming and boring.

Audiences waited such a long time to get to the mountain and that investment doesn’t pay off, especially with the non-ending.

Ian McKellen and Evangeline Lilly are the few bright spots in the film. Thank you for that.

One more year to the conclusion of this trilogy. “The Hobbit: There And Back Again” hits theaters Dec. 17, 2014.

Make sure to channel “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” for the new film. Or any of those films, for that matter. The three films in that trilogy have a combined 17 Oscars and 30 nominations.

Until then,
Someone wishing these movies were better


/ 5

Official trailer:


Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.

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