I have been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien since I was 17 (which is a very long time ago). I had always looked forward to the day when cinematic technology could bring his characters to life. I wasn't disappointment with Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings Trilogy ten years ago. Sure there were some changes to the script, but Jackson gave a good telling. I enjoyed the movies so much that I purchased the deluxe set of these movies. I wasn't the least bit disappointed.
When the first installment of The Hobbit came out, I wasn't disappointed. Peter Jackson had taken some liberty to the storyline by making it more of a prequel to the LOTR tale. I didn't have a problem with it. The story didn't divert too far from the author's path.
Tonight I took my family to see the second installment of The Hobbit ~ The Desolation of Smaug. I believe Peter Jackson should be bitch-slapped for the complete distortion of Tolkien's wonderful tale. I guess Jackson decided that he could tell the story better than Tolkien. It seemed as if Jackson simply decided to lift Tolkien's characters and tell a completely story. If Tolkien were still alive today, he'd be the one doing the bitch-slapping.
I don't know why Jackson had to inject the Legolas character into the story. I guess Peter thought it would be cool to drop the LOTR swashbuckling elf character right in the middle of The Hobbit. I say, why not just Legolas ~ why not throw in Aslan and Darth Vader too!
Going to see The Hobbit was a waste of my time and money. The Desolation of Smaug is so bad that I walked out not caring to see the rest. This movie was so bad that I'm not even interested in seeing the final installment when it comes out. I won't even watch it when it's released on Redbox. Once upon a time I had hopes of owning the deluxe edition of The Hobbit - but I am not the least bit interested. Peter Jackson screwed the pooch. Peter Jackson is dead to me.
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