There and Back Again and Back Again and Back Again
Director Peter Jackson has announced that there will be a third Hobbit movie.
I can’t help but wonder whether Mr. Jackson has lost his way in the forest of Mirkwood. One of the charms of The Hobbit is its personal scale. Though Bilbo travels the world and has some rather amazing adventures, the novel is arguably really about personal growth, about coming to age. An expansion of the book into two, now three (marathon?), movies must needlessly have added epic scope and battles. I fear that the soul of The Hobbit will be / has been lost.
Still, you know that I’ll see them all. Whether true to the original, I’m fairly certain that the movies will not “feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”
Next up from Director Jackson: a six movie adaptation of Farmer Giles of Ham.