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A complete travesty, and exceedingly boring to watch,
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This review is from: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD]  (DVD)
Peter Jackson obviously had a problem on his hands when he came to make 'The Hobbit'. His film adaptations of 'Lord of the Rings' were so popular, so widely known that many casual viewers would clearly expect more of the same type of story. Unfortunately for Mr Jackson, the only part of Tolkien's writings which he could get intellectual property rights to was 'The Hobbit', which is NOT more of the same type of story, but rather a children's book of a very different nature (until the last chapters, anyway). It also poses a problem from the point of view of cimenatic convention, in that until those last chapters it is basically a sequence of unconnected adventures which Bilbo and the dwarves have, and that doesn't conform to cinema convention, by which stories are supposed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. 'Lord of the Rings' has the same problem to some extent, and the changes which Jackson made to that book to deal with the problem are some of the most controversial in that trilogy. But in this case his solutions have gone beyond merely controversial.
The bottom line is that this film bears no relation to the book at all. With the possible exception of Bilbo, there is not one single character who bears any relation to a character in the book (although some have the same names), nor is there one single event in the film which occurs in the book..What there IS plenty of is interpolated fanfic which makes the stuff written by teenage Legolas fans look good (for example an elf-dwarf love triangle and rivers of molten gold).
In addition, the plot is simply boring. If you can call it a plot. It seems to me more like a sequence of pointless running and jumping and fighting; less a story than an advertisement for the SFX department. It totally disregards the laws of physics (gold, for example, melts at something like 1000 degrees C; it is not possible to surf on molten gold in a metal wheelbarrow without hurting yourself).and, which is perhaps worse, it totally disregards the laws of Tolkien's created world from minor things like elven hair colours to major things like Gandalf's mission and the nature of Dark sorcery.
What a pity to ruin the franchise like this.