‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ a Purist’s Review


I liked the “Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.” I liked it as long as I could pretend that it was in no way, shape, or form, associated with the brilliant light hearted adventure known as “The Hobbit” written by the visionary J.R.R. Tolkien. The second movie resembled the well known and beloved story even less than the original. I would be hard pressed to think of a single scene that was taken directly from the book and not vastly altered. I know I’m prejudice, because I grew up on “The Hobbit” and anyone who messes with it is a blasphemer who is messing with my childhood, but I don’t feel like movie can even measure up to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy movies. The action sequences quickly become absurd and remind me more of “Pirates of the Caribbean” than “Lord of the Rings.” The orcs are suddenly far more intelligent than they’ve been portrayed, which seems to be a calculated move to suit the needs of the plot. We’ve been introduced to the Jar Jar Binks of Middle Earth and he drives a sleigh pulled by rabbits T_T And the entire feel of the movie is just wrong. It doesn’t capture the spirit of Middle Earth or “The Hobbit.” I can enjoy the movie, for the most part, if I banish its association with Tolkien and Middle Earth all together and consider it some kind of outrageous fan fiction. But I can not accept it as part the tale of the Rings. I think Peter Jackson got too full of himself after the success with “The Lord of the Rings,” and thought he could improve on a brilliant adventure and turn it into an epic. Unfortunately he’s making a fool of himself.
People who haven’t read the book, will likely enjoy the movie well enough, but I’m a purist and as such will complain loudly about this defacement of classic literature.

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