Scrolling through my wordpress reader, I am seeing a lot of hate for the hobbit movies. Now, I read both the Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy growing up, well before they became movies. LOTR was a little slow for me, especially as a seventh grader, but I absolutely loved the Hobbit growing up, and read it several times. That being said, I also love the Hobbit movies, like seriously LOVE them. I’m the type that will watch movies over and over, to the point where anyone else in the house has been driven completely mad, so I’ve watched the first two hobbit movies a good twenty times a piece.
Personally, I don’t really understand all of the hatred towards them. The Hobbit was a wonderful book, and the movies are wonderful movies. Did any of us really expect three epic-sized movies to stick to the plot-line of a tiny book? We already have a lovely animated version of the book to watch, and I’m personally thankful for the new adultish versions. Sure, the elf/dwarf romance was a completely new addition, and as I recall, Kili the dwarf had a very small part in the book, and now he seems to be one of the main stars in the movies, but have you seen the guy?
I’m not going to complain about him getting a little extra air-time. As for the romance…well, anyone who’s read my previous posts knows how I feel about romances. Romance was something I desperately wanted in the LOTR books and movies (sorry, Arwen and Aragorn just didn’t do it for me). This much hated elf/dwarf romance is probably my favorite part of the movies.
This fine romance is balanced out by the roles of Smeagol and Smaug. I loved both characters in the book, and I love them in the movies. How anyone could watch the first hobbit movie, and not watch the Smeagol scene over and over again is beyond me. Is it scrumptious?! Yes, precious, it is.
I haven’t seen the Battle of the Five Armies yet, as I live in a very small town without a movie theater, but you bet your butt I’ll be seeing it at some point during my Christmas travels. When it comes out on DVD, I will buy it immediately, and my boyfriend will get a little more variety as I proceed to watch it over and over again, along with the other two. He’s just lucky I haven’t bought a Kili poster to hang over our bed….because I totally thought about it.