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The Hobbit

Like a theme park ride or a video game

 

Last updated 1/19/2013 at 1:59pm

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Like a theme park ride or a video game, this film is thin, full of holes, and decidedly a secondary priority. The whole thing is exciting and fun, and then you’re on to the next thing. This is the world of Lord of the Rings and it’s exciting to return there. But The Hobbit is nothing compared to Rings.

If you read this column regularly, you know that I am not a fan of comparing books to movies. They are two very different mediums with different strengths that aren’t going to translate from one to the other. I read The Hobbit probably 20 years ago, so my memory of it is pretty fuzzy. This seemed to be like an ideal way to go see the movie—I still remember what happens, mostly, but I wouldn’t spend the whole movie thinking, “This isn’t how it happens in the book! Oh no! They cut out my favorite scene!” Because to me, that makes for a pretty miserable movie-watching experienc...



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