13 Dec 2009

2 Hobbits are better then 1 ! Why cutting the movie in two makes sense to me

Today I came across an article called "How do you cut The Hobbit in half?"(source: guardian.co.uk) that made me think. The author of the article is questioning the decision to split The Hobbit into two movies claiming (quoting directly) :"...the book is a fairly breezy tome with a pretty linear narrative that would best be adapted into one great movie, not stretched out into two in order to fit Rings' epic format." Indeed The Hobbit book is not as complex as The Lord of the Rings, but to claim that there is not enough in the book is simply wrong. Every single page (of 278) is filled with details, colours, words, songs, events, dwarfs, a tall wizard, one hobbit, elves, trolls, spiders, orcs, eagles, enchanted forests, battles, one lost-to-be-found Ring of power, etc etc etc. Tolkien's writing has this magic attached to it, the power of images-creation . In my opinion, enough material to fill 6 hours (2 movies) and probably even a bit more left. Peter Jackson and his team will want to repeat the fantastic job they did in the LOTR trilogy, where every detail was carefully planned and executed. P.J. is fiercely loyal to Tolkien and the original vision, it would be wrong to 'squeeze' such an important book/story into 3 hours, it would be clearly not enough time to create a movie on the same quality and depth of The lord of the Rings Trilogy. I want to sit in that cinema chair one day and be transported back to Middle-earth, I want to be able to notice every strand of green grass in the Shire. In the Lord of the Rings movies some very important parts were left out, namely : the Old Forest, the Barrowdowns, and of course Tom Bombadil. To this day, this is the only little critique I can make on Peter Jackson's adaptation of Tolkien's stories. In The Hobbit every word, character, feeling and images from the original book must be included, hence the need for two movies (3 hours-long each). Let me make you a small example, in 1977 an animated television movie of The Hobbit was made by Ranking/Bass Production (The Hobbit 1977). The movie was a bit of a disaster, several key episodes from the book were completely omitted, the story was watered down so much, it caused an outcry of criticism, and all because the 278 pages of Tolkien's tale were reduced to a simple 78 minutes movie ,which is way too little. Cynics will claim the decision to split the Hobbit in two is purely a financial one, Tolkien's fan like me know Peter Jackson and Del Toro are on the right track.So let me say once more....

2 HOBBITS ARE BETTER THEN 1 BECAUSE....
You can never have enough Hobbits!

:)