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#1 Pencil-Monkey

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:49 AM



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#2 Hal

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:26 AM

To be honest, Lindsay and I tried 3 times to watch the second Hobbit movie and just ended up sending it back to Netflix.

 

I think they have done a disservice to the story by stretching it out so very much. It waters it down with unnecessary crap. It could be a been a good movie but three long movies is much too much...

 

It also seems really cartoonish to me for some reason.

 

Opinions? :)

 

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:36 AM

 

Opinions? :)

 

 

My favourite book. I love the characters, the story, the tone and language. The only book I own more copies of than The Hobbit is the Tunnels and Trolls rulebook :D

 

I couldn't make it through the first film in a single sitting. Came back another day and forced myself to watch it through to the end. It's a disaster. I haven't even bothered with the second and don't imagine I ever shall. The tone is absolutely wrong, for starters: The Hobbit is not a dark prelude to LotR. I could barely tell which dwarf was which (I could tell them apart, but not remember who they were supposed to be). The additions to the plot were farcical, overblown, tiresome and unnecessary. Rarely have I been so disappointed in a film, especially since Jackson's LotR trilogy, despite some serious problems, has much to recommend it.

 

It could have been light, exciting, charming and dramatic. We could have had dwarves wearing their very best detachable party hoods and a Hobbit whose chief concern was his lack of pocket handkerchiefs. We could have had the film of the book.


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 01:57 AM

It could have been light, exciting, charming and dramatic. We could have had dwarves wearing their very best detachable party hoods and a Hobbit whose chief concern was his lack of pocket handkerchiefs. We could have had the film of the book.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 03:31 PM

I saw the first one at the cinema and was miffed at it. I've recently seen the second on netflix and I feel absolutely no desire to see the third one
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Posted 16 September 2014 - 03:43 PM

I was pleasantly surprised with the first one, mostly because I expected a wreck. Just saw the second one and was really disappointed. Doubt I'll see the third.
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Posted 17 September 2014 - 01:41 PM

I enjoyed the first, its flaws were ignorable.  Me & Tess were -so- bored by the second and have zero interest in the third.


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Posted 04 December 2014 - 05:14 AM

Saw this on Tumblr:

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 06:00 AM

Nice. Very appropriate. I couldn't believe that they also have longer versions of the films as well. I really didn't think that could happen.


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Posted 04 December 2014 - 09:25 AM

Still haven't managed to get through the 2nd movie. Lindsay and I tried and it was just so much fluff and crap.

 

It is a tiny book. You would have to combine it with the entire Silmarillion to actually make it into 3 movies...

 

It should have been a single good movie... but as it stands we made it about as far as Lake Town before we gave up...

 

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 09:58 AM

I shamelessly loved the first one. I recognised that the second one couldn't help but be quite different to the book, and while I didn't love Laketown I didn't NOT enjoy the second film. It definitely wasn't as good as the first, but I was able to sit through it. I adore Middle Earth, and I cannot wait to see the white council throw down with Sauron.
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#12 Hal

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 11:14 AM

I love Middle Earth too - that's why I am finding these movies so difficult :P

 

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 09:53 PM

The adaptation of the Hobbit for these three movies has suffered from considerable bloat.

 

All other things aside though they did very well with the dwarf singing in the first one.

 

Did anyone else here dive headfirst into the Southern Mirkwood MERP supplement in younger days?  That book has had me eagerly anticipating a more elaborate depiction of the confrontation with the Necromancer for many years.  I never had a game of MERP hold up more than one session in those days.  It would have been a treat to usher a party to the monstrous versions of the Necromancer and the Nazgul therein.


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Posted 05 December 2014 - 04:18 AM

@Hal Fair point, fair point!
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Posted 05 December 2014 - 08:40 AM

:)

 

I did like the dwarves singing :)

 

You think they will do a special edition that just has the actual contents of the book? A one Blu-Ray box set for the true purist? :)

 

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 12:27 PM

You think they will do a special edition that just has the actual contents of the book?


That would require them to actually read the book, first. ;)
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Posted 05 December 2014 - 03:38 PM

That would require them to actually read the book, first. ;)

 

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 10:29 PM

You are right there Monkey - there is a certain feeling that they were in the pub and overheard a conversation  a few tables away between people who had read the book and they decided to base it on the bits they overheard and fill in the rest with crap they made up :)

 

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 12:49 PM

Superfan Stephen Colbert is your host to our epic, 3-cover The Hobbit farewell — and author of this week’s cover story.




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Posted 16 December 2014 - 07:13 AM

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This looks like the worlds most unhappy wedding.

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