I’ve added this short intro to say that I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, and I adore Tolkien’s creativity. I am also a fan of Mr. Peter Jackson. I love the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, and as a teenager I enjoyed the films along with any type of film memorabilia I could get my hands on. However, as a fan of both the books and films I was quite disappointed with The Hobbit movie trilogy. The Hobbit book was the first Tolkien novel I ever read and I cherished it as one of the best works in the fantasy genre. So for those of you who love Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, please do not take offense! I only wish to present my honest thoughts and opinions. Please comment below and let me know what you think. I would be happy to respond to any criticisms that you may have! Thank you. #theroadgoeseveronandon #lotr
5. Tauriel – This female elf plays a part in the final two films in The Hobbit Trilogy. However, she was never a part of Tolkien’s work. Tauriel’s role seems forced throughout both the films. It seems as though Peter Jackson and his crew were just looking for another pretty face to add to their elf roster. In my opinion, the worst part is the romantic relationship that she shares with the dwarf, Kili. This relationship and Tauriel’s character distracts from the main plot.
4. Galadriel – This elven queen doesn’t play a part in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It seemed as though the casting team just wanted to give Cate Blanchett a chance to reprise her role. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Blanchett as Galadriel (I mean she’s literally the first voice we hear in The Fellowship of the Ring opening scene), but at the same time her character seemed unnecessary.
3. Radagast – Radagast was only mentioned once in The Hobbit book. As I watched Sylvester McCoy’s performance, I realized that the film was trying to use him as comic relief (which I don’t think was very successful). The film took this character too far, and they expanded him into a laughable bumbling wizard. For me, Radagast’s character took away from the serious and fantastic adventure. Also, seeing that Gandalf and Saruman are both well-respected wizards, I felt like Radagast hurt the reputation of the Istari. Gandalf and Saruman are mostly portrayed as stern, logical, and serious characters, but Radagast is the polar opposite of these two.
2. Saruman – Saruman plays a much bigger role in the LOTR trilogy films and books, but he is not mentioned in The Hobbit book. Similar to Cate Blanchett, I truly admire Christopher Lee’s portrayal of Saruman, but I felt like his character was forced. The Hobbit book really focuses on one wizard: Gandalf. Again, I believe the Hobbit casting team just wanted to have as many people from the LOTR film trilogy make a cameo in this film. I believe that when you force individuals to reprise roles that have nothing to do with the plot it will inevitably take away from the story. Also, true fans and readers of Tolkien are not always inclined to go along with these major revisions.
1. Legolas – Legolas was the one character that made my jaw drop when I first saw him in the film. He never had a role in the book and there are a few reasons why it was so bothersome to me as a fan. First, can Orlando Bloom only play this one character? It seems as though Bloom went back to where his career all started. He gained his popularity as an actor from this role, but I do believe he can find other roles to play. Second, must we fill all our screen time with pretty faces? Most filmmakers are so obsessed with finding the most attractive actors or actresses that they sometimes forget to find people who can actually act! Think about the other characters who most people adore because of their acting ability not because of their looks: Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gollum/Smeagol (Andy Serkis), and Saruman (Christopher Lee). I’m not saying that being acctractive is wrong, I just feel like it is focused on too much in the movie industry. Third and finally, when a movie shoehorns a character into a plot they will usually have a mess. The director and writers will constantly have to find a way to make the character relevant to the story line, and I believe this was the case with Orlando Bloom’s Legolas. #anerdynook