Let me say this first to get it out of the way.
I HATE HOBBITS.
Ever since we saw Frodo and his barefoot friends at the Shire, I despised them. I am thinking it comes from a hatred for ewoks – you know, cute little fuzzy things that can somehow defeat mechanical devices 100 times stronger and more sophisticated than them. See (The Stormtrooper Fallacy: Endor).
So, in the “first” Trilogy (Why do I see a disturbing pattern here that follows Star Wars? You know, first 3 released were excellent, next three were the studio cashing in…)
We at least get to see humans and Dwarves. Here is the thing about Dwarves. While one could argue that they are similar to Hobbits, At least Dwarves kick ass in fighting, are tough and provide value to their world. What do hobbits do? Sing? Tell stories? I think I hate Bards too, come to think of it…
So while I have a huge amount of respect for Peter King for what he did for the original Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I think this “Hobbit Journey” will be more hours of yet another group of annoying hobbits avoiding battle and singing songs bout it.
Despite their small stature, they are the heroes in Tolkien’s world. Not humans, Elves, Dragons, or Dwarves. Fucking Hobbits.
So while 99% of me doesn’t want to see this movie because of the focus on the Hobbits, the 1% of me wants to go back to that fantastic world of Middle Earth. Just seeing the locations and how they transform New Zealand into a fantasy realm. I also know that a lot of people will see it, and as part of my “geek cred” I feel OBLIGATED to go see it.
At least if I do it will give me more to complain about. Also, if I go in with a negative attitude, I might get pleasantly surprised. Not counting on it, but you never know, right?
I know this movie will easily make 300 million dollars and my only hope is that trilogy will inspire some other fantasy writers to tell us more about characters who actually do something instead of stumble about, hide from every fight yet have the fate of the world in their hands.
And, here’s a SEVEN MINUTE TRAILER that essentially sums it up. Now I don’t need to see the movie, since it’s all here, and we won’t get resolution until the third movie anyways.
I think this clip from Clerks 2 about sums it up for me:
So readers, are you going to see this next set of frolicking hobbits?