Is there a discussion blog about The Hobbit yet?
So, Brian and I saw it yesterday. I freaking love the book and the Lord of the Rings movies, but this was a huuuuge disappointment to me. I wish I could get an edited version because I think there's a great movie in there buried in a pile of extra crap. Things I would cut:
Why is the scene with old Bilbo and Frodo in there? I've seen that movie. It's called The Fellowship of the Ring. It doesn't need to be there, and it adds nothing. I like that it had the opening bits of the book written by Bilbo, but, it could just be that.
The whole opening story of the glory of the dwarf kingdom should be shorter.
Radagast's scene should be MUCH shorter or non-existent. It was silly and distracting.
The flashback to the battle of Moria could've been shorter.
GALADRIEL AND SARUMAN SHOULD NOT BE IN THIS MOVIE. Just because you missed hanging out with Cate Blancett and Christopher Lee, does not mean you should add them into this movie for no fucking reason.
If you cut all that shit, I think the movie would be loads better (and a least an hour shorter.) Peter Jackson should have saved that crap for the special edition.
What I DID like was the dwarves and Bilbo, the scene with the trolls, and especially the scene with Gollum. What did you think?