Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? Written by
According to the Tolkien novels, sunlight renders Orcs non-functional. Since Jackson has Gandalf remark in the film of "Fellowship" on how alarming it is that Saruman's breeding program has produced sun-resistant Orc soldiers, it would seem the films acknowledge this fact as canon. Yet in the "barrel" escape-scene from Thranduil's caverns, the orcs are chasing the dwarves down the River Running, and doing hard battle, in broad daylight without suffering any ill effects. See more »
They stripped the book to it's basic plot, subtracted a whole lot of the actual story, then added comic-violence, action scenes and hokey new characters. What they've added never rises above nonsense on it's own right and coupled with what they extracted, wholly detracts from the true tale of courage and friendship that Tolkien wrote.
Who is this one armed Ork? Where did this Elf woman come from? Why does Radagast get more than a mention? What the hell is Orlando Bloom doing there?
Why isn't it Bilbo, getting them out of everything, all on his own after Gandalf leaves? Wasn't that the whole point of the book? Why Tolkien called it "The Hobbit" and not something else?
The slapstick action scenes even seem designed to become future theme rides in whatever amusement park the studio is connected to.
Beyond the visual candy, this is a wretched and whorish adaptation of a wonderful story.
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