Disclaimer: There are a few minor spoilers here. So there’s that.
For a 300 page story that’s been stretched into 3 parts, the first installment stills feels rushed.
Jackson adds new parts to the story to give a Prologue and also adds the character Albino Orc.
There is always the stomach ache of what could have been.
Remember, the man behind Pan’s Labyrinth was on the cusp on putting his own spin on this thing. The storytelling might have been better, definitely the pacing.
Guillermo del Toro’s trailer for Pacific Rim plays before the film and it looks nice. Smooth CGI, something that Jackson does have, with the exception of Albino Orc.
I feel like in having Jackson make this film and Guillermo moving onto another, we lose twice.
Pacific Rim looks cool but I doubt it will be a classic.
While there are a few neat extra details tossed in here and there, (where was Gandalf, who this Radagast dude), important parts such as the initial meeting between Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey feel rushed.
Bilbo: Hey who are you?
Gandalf: I’m looking for someone to go with me on an adventure.
Bilbo: Hey who are all these dwarves?
Gandalf: Those are aren’t dwarves those are walking props.
Bilbo: Oh. Hey I just met you and this is crazy but I’m totally down for some adventuring.
Gandalf: I can’t guarantee your safety.
I may have paraphrased a little bit but that’s pretty much how the pacing feels in the movie.
Also the Goblin King was a disappointment.
In the book and in the old school cartoon, the Goblin King is about to bite Thorin Oakenshield’s head off when Gandalf shows up, turns out the lights and runs him through with his sword Glamdring aka Beater.
When I first saw The Hobbit trailer, the singing dwarves looked so epic.
In the actual film though, as everything feels rushed, its a little awkward.
I honestly believe that this movie could have worked as a musical. There are a lot of songs in the book, though only two make it to the movie. Fans of the “Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees” will be disappointed as that particular number is excluded.
Maybe the Les Mis director will be down to do a re-edit and add a few numbers.
Albino Orc doesn’t need to be in the movie. I was upset that Jackson made this character. The villain fits the same role that the main Orc from Fellowship of the Ring had, but its unnecessary.
The Troll scene was squandered. Hobbit Lovers will know what I mean. Gandalf’s slick moves that he used in the book are not exemplified in the film.
This should have been two movies darn it.