The Hobbit: What’s in a Trailer

I’m a fan of Tolkien’s work, but I was never crazy about The Hobbit. Not sure why. The way it was written… Something was lacking. It’s not that I don’t like stories for kids; I do. But I guess it was so ordinary, compared to LotR and other Tolkien’s work (and yes, I’ve read LotR first). I bet that when you grow up with The Hobbit and fall in love with it, it’s different, but for me… I’m not crazy about that book, and to be honest, I don’t remember much of it.

That’s why I don’t know how I feel about the upcoming movie, or its trailer. I’m one of those people who didn’t really like LotR movies. The novel is one of my favourite books, so the movie was disappointing: eye candy for sure, but Jackson simply failed to capture the spirit of the novel. Luckily, there was Howard’s Shore amazing score: certainly one of my favourite scores and the one that does capture the spirit of the book.

Since I don’t remember that much of The Hobbit, I can’t really say how annoying the trailer is when it comes to movie changes and illogical stuff (which bothered me in LotR). What I can say is that the movie seems a lot darker than the book. The book is a fun story about a hobbit’s adventure written for kids, while the trailer presents is as dark and epic. I guess this is intentional: you simply have to make it earth-shattering and epic to make people (particularly LotR movie fans) interested. And you don’t want to make it into a movie for kids. I get that. And it’s not that I wouldn’t like to see a bit darker take on this story. Still, it looks like this will be another Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien that doesn’t capture the spirit of the story.

There are good things, though. I really like Martin Freeman as Bilbo. The man is born to be a Hobbit, much more than Elijah Wood ever was. I also think he’d make a great Bilbo. Which is important for the story: nothing sucks more than having an annoying protagonist. I can already tell who the new hotties will be: Richard Armitage (Thorin) and Aidan Turner (Kili)… Luckily, they are better than Orlando Bloom (who will reprise his role… I mean, wtf? His former teen fans are not in their mid-20s).

But despite not being that interested in the Hobbit adaptation, I must admit the trailer made me enthusiastic. Not sure why. It just seems like a movie I’d like to watch, and hopefully, Howard Shore will be there with some amazing music. I guess these movies just make you watch them, even if you cringe at movie changes, illogical stuff or Orlando Bloom.

I bet it will be a semi-crappy disappointing movie, beautiful from the outside but lacking from the inside, just like LotR movies were. But I am sure interested.

11 thoughts on “The Hobbit: What’s in a Trailer

  1. Serpentus

    At the risk of sounding hipster, I actually prefer foreign movies to Hollywood movies. I’m not saying that Hollywood doesn’t make any good movies anymore; they do, but far fewer than they did before.

    I like foreign films because of their different customs, languages, habits, and they almost always have some sort of lesson to be learned, have some deep insight into human nature, and are generally deep. Foreign films are generally more artistic while Hollywood films feel fake and plastic. Hollywood movies, in contrast, are full of explosions, car chases, big boobs, and overused storylines and plots.

    Just curious, how are Hollywood movies seen outside the U.S.? How much do people stereotype Americans because of these films? Do people think that Hollywood films are good or bad?

  2. Alee

    Hmmm, I always hear about this “Tolkien” character but I’m not really a fan of non-fiction. :)

  3. Sigg3

    As a matter of Literature, I’d say that The Hobbit and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil plus some of the short stories, songs and poems are the best works of Tolkien. Lord of the Rings are simply not well written, with parts of it down right boring and uninspired. Its greatest moments are with regards to the hobbits, which harkens back to The Hobbit (namely the “stories for children” genre).

    If you want the bird eye view, or just like the mythology and matters of great detail, you’ll read Silmarillion (or whatsitsname).

    I mean, Tolkien didn’t enjoy writing LotR himself, and even detested parts of it. Consider that he wrote it for economic reasons when The Hobbit became a surprising success. The greatest parts were co-written with C.S. Lewis, just as the epic parts of Narnia was co-written with Tolkien.

    Don’t get me wrong. I think Tolkien was a genius, but his achievement and art is not in Literature as much as in the construction of real artificial Mythology and Language (as well as being among the founders of the fantasy genre).

    Anyway, that’s my opinion:)
    I agree that the movies were shallow, but you must take into account the greatness of the story, and to be fair you must agree this is the best interpretation to cinema/theater/cartoon so far, even though Peter Jackson focused on some of the footnotes (that entire love story).. The extended versions are not too bad.

  4. Sigg3

    Oh, and Happy New Year!

    Re: dark version of the Hobbit
    I remember reading that the movie was supposed to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, which explains the dark fantasy (and adult) genre — think Pan’s Labyrinth — but he later withdrew from the project to spend time with his family.

  5. Mira


    And at the risk of sounding like a jerk, I have to tell you that Hollywood movies ARE foreign movies for me. I know Americans (USians :P) are used to refer non-American movies as foreign (or was that just non-English language movies are seen as foreign?), but the label “foreign” completely depends on country you call your own. Not all people are Americans, thankyouverymuch.

    That being said, I like both domestic (Serbian/Yugoslavian) movies and the foreign ones. There are some great Serbian movies, but I must say my favourites are foreign; some of those are American. I have nothing against American movies per se, unless they are… Well, you know.

    And to answer your questions:

    Just curious, how are Hollywood movies seen outside the U.S.?

    Like a pointless trash… but everybody wants to watch it anyway.

    How much do people stereotype Americans because of these films?

    A lot. Most of the stereotypes about Americans come from the movies.

    Do people think that Hollywood films are good or bad?

    People think they are bad and inferior to European movies (European = any European cinematography). But like I said, everybody watches Hollywood movies, and many people enjoy them and many people think that’s how America is really like, and many people want to imitate what they see on the screen… While still seeing Americans as bad and inferior.

  6. Mira


    I was never much of a fan of the Hobbit. It’s just… I didn’t like the humor and I didn’t like the approach. It seemed “preachy” and like an adult writing for kids, which I hated in the kids books.

    The Silmarillion is not one book, but it contains one of the best Tolkien writing. Most of it is just names and more names and events and then even more names, but between those, there’s some great and inspiring writing, the Tokkien’s best. Like Ainulindale or the fall of Numenor.

    And Lord of the Rings… It’s far from being perfect, and it does need an editor, badly, but I still see it as an exceptional book, but it’s one of my favourite books and I’m biased.

    PS- I am sure they want to make Hobbit darker and more epic to attract the audience… Nobody wants to watch a light children movie after LotR. So they have to make the Hobbit seem as epic as LotR.

  7. Sigg3

    Speaking of which; “JRR Tolkien Denied Nobel Due To Low Quality Prose”

    (PS. I wrote Silmarillion because that’s what the collection is called in the Norwegian edition. My English one is simply called ‘Unfinished Tales’)

    (PS2. I don’t agree that the Hobbit “talks down” to children, or is preachy, especially if you compare it to contemporary works for kids. The reason why I like it better is because it is better written. My bet is that Tolkien relaxed while writing it, thus letting go of his intellectual and academic restraint, before the outside pressure began.)

  8. Sigg3

    Hollywood movies are perceived as shallow and of low morale. I don’t think this is a consequence of the American people, but the American people’s de facto rulers.

    With regards to stereotypes; when in Europe you can usually tell tell who’s an American from 100 yards away. I’ve also met a few Americans who are different, and interestingly many of them will initially call themselves Canadians..

    A comment to this: You could probably tell a true blood Roman from any other subject of the Roman empire way back when. It’s prudent to keep in mind that America is leading the western world whether we like it or not (and most of us don’t).

  9. Mira

    Oh, sorry for not greeting you! Happy New Year! How was in Istanbul? Will have to read your blog posts.

    The Unfinished Tales and Silmarillion aren’t the same thing. I have both. But none of it is a novel in true sense of the word.

    I’ve read Hobbit when I was a kid, and the tone seemed preachy and I didn’t like it. I’m sure I’d love it today, though. But not as a kid.

    As for the quality of prose, it’s subjective. I’ve read some Nobel prize winners that don’t really write good in strict sense of the words, but their themes and messages are when Nobel people like.

    That being said, it’s true Tolkien’s genius wasn’t really in the literature – his true passion were some other things, and it shows. Still LotR is one of the most inspiring books for me, because of the way I can lose myself in it, despite its flaws.

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