Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Hobbit vs. Peter Jackson

Quotation of the day ~ J.R.R. Tolkien: If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Just finished watching, for the third time, the DVDs of Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit” trilogy, and i have a major problem with it.

Don't get me wrong: i love it. The action is exciting beyond belief -- i was sweating at times -- there are moments of great sadness that had me (almost) on the edge of tears, the attention to detail is impeccable, and the CGI is mind-blowing.

My problem is, “The Hobbit,” Tolkien's book, is a fairly slender volume (just over 300 pages in my edition) and a slender tale, yet Peter Jackson felt it necessary to stretch it out over three films, each of which was close to three hours long. To fill it out, he included many products of his own imagination. To be sure, he's a visionary, but ... he's no Tolkien. Some of his additions are fine, but some are simply stupid, for example when Thorin Oakenshield imagines himself being engulfed in a sea of golden quicksand. Yeah, yeah, we know: Thorin is obsessed with Smaug's treasure, already. Sheesh. About as subtle as an ingot in the ear-hole.

So, i think that possibly Mr Jackson forgot what Prof. Tolkien said and i quoted above, and was thinking of profit lines rather than artistic integrity: two films would have been more than adequate.

End of rant.

I haven't written a playlist in a while, here's a recent one:

The Beatles - Let It Be
Oysterband - Diamonds On The Water
Kim Mitchell - Aural Fixations
Peter Hammill - pH7
Peter Hammill - And Close As This
Various Artists - Morris On The Road
Trigger Hippy - Trigger Hippy
Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys, Live At The Fillmore East
Wishbone Ash - On Air
Rory Gallagher - The Beat Club Sessions
Fish - A Feast Of Consequences
Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade
Linda Ronstadt - Greatest Hits
Jethro Tull - Benefit
Jethro Tull - War Child

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