In my last post I questioned how Gandalf could have been expected to know that Bilbo was carting around the one ring all that time. In this one I will show why I was asking this in the first place and many, many problems with the movie series.
In my last post I questioned how Gandalf could have been expected to know that Bilbo was carting around the one ring all that time. In this one I will show why I was asking this in the first place and many many problems with the movie series.
You see as we see in The Hobbit movies this is far from the case and we are left questioning why Gandalf did not see the connection before. Radagast shows him the disturbed tombs of dead human kings he sees the eye himself as he is pinned against the wall surrounded by Orcs and their kind in the Necromancers keep. Much how Gotham must highlight every future villain of the Batman so that every “nerd” can get the reference so must The Hobbit walk us through it highlighting every link and connection. Yet we are a more nerdy species these days, look to the Game of Thrones television show which never slows down or holds your hand through the concept of White Walkers and Dragon mothers nor the twenty hundred people vying for the Iron Throne. It is basing its concept of nerd on the Big Bang Theory rather than the people on the edge of their seat by zombie television shows and gritty up dates of the batman mythos, of the hit franchise movies showing talking racoons and super soldiers or the countless people reading every day on the way to and from work due to the personal computer almost everyone in the western world now carries around with them.
But now we go onto the next problem of the movies and that is the pacing.
Lord of the rings had a big problem in its adaptation and that was that few were used to high fantasy as Tolkien had laid it down and even then little explanation is given until the first book reaches its half way point which just happens to be one of the driest, longest, dialogue heavy chapters of the text. It would be a push to get people this far and then expect them to sit through this and thus Jackson came up with the idea of laying down some heavy action at the beginning by showing the initial destruction of Sauron this getting the blood pumping whilst also tying the audience over with the rough outline of what shall be happening and why all within the first two or so minutes. This decision has been widely praised and rightly so thus you can see why he would try and do it again by showing the Dwarves exodus from the lonely mountain as Smaug attacks. The problem is that this explanation of the plot comes not a few minutes before the one in the book where Bilbo is sat down and told through song and tale why the Dwarves wish to assault Smaug’s stronghold. This useless padding is seen throughout the movies as they try and turn a small children’s book into a trilogy pushing the current belief of Hollywood that each series should end on two parts. Started in Harry Potter as they began to realise their cash train was coming into the station and copied by every hit young adult franchise since and what is the Hobbit in the end if not a young adult tale that has outlasted all the others.
But rather than taking a somewhat logical idea from the prospect of a childrens story and keeping each section short and to the point they have instead wavered into Prequel Trilogy territory. One of the problems the Prequel Trilogy faced was the face of its villain. Even if they could make lightning strike twice and get a decent replacement for the dreaded Darth Vader they would only be able to repackage that so many ways and they now knew that merchandise was king. Thus we ended up facing down with Darth Maul in the first movie, who met his end before the credits rolled, a wasted potential double agent in Christopher Lee who was dialled down to twirling his moustache and acting in a cartoon who was brought back for the next only to be beheaded, a General who did very little except pad out the middle and an overarching villain we cared very little for. The Hobbit was paced well with a bad guy to beat around the middle in the form of the Goblin King and a show down at the end with Smaug outwitted and a fight to the finish on his door step. Yet because we are now hitting the three movie mark it is clear that we can not make this last and thus a fill in was added in the form of an albino orc with a hook for a hand who chases the party down in an effort to add some urgency and drama to a story bloated and slow. Thus do we not only have him and the ones from the book but returning to my original point we have Sauron himself who stumbles in and flounders around miles from the action and plot.