The internet tripped major balls back when Peter Jackson announced that he was splitting The Hobbit into two films, and doubly so when he decided that instead he was splitting it into three. But after you’ve had a beer or some drugs or whatever it is people take nowadays to calm themselves with, you begin to understand Jackson’s logic: there are three major climaxes to the original 300-page story – and a whole bunch of leftover appendices that explain things that will otherwise go unexplained. Do you want things unexplained? Do you? I thought not.
Don’t believe me? Here’s what loveable Englishman Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins himself) had to say on the matter:
“It’s not really daunting. It is unexpected compared to where we were, but it’s the same thing of telling the story and doing your bit, whether it’s one or two or three films. There’s just, you know, more of it! But there are so many of us involved, it doesn’t really hang on anyone’s shoulders.”
If Martin Freeman doesn’t really find it daunting, why do you? Of course, Peter Jackson has only ever made one bad film to my mind, an ill-judged adaptation of The Lovely Bones. More like The Lovely… uh… bad… film. Anyway, just like that girl tells Woody Allen at the end of Manhattan: “You have to have a little faith in people.” In this scenario, you’re Woody Allen, and Peter Jackson is the girl. Which is absolutely a sentence I never thought I’d have to write.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theatres 13th December 2012.
Source: Total Film