I saw the third part of the Hobbit trilogy last night, and it's kind of sad.
Not the movie. The movie is great.
But now there's no movie for me to look forward to.
So, that's that.
Thankfully there are plenty of Tolkien books and stories for me to re-read, but sometimes I just want to escape into a movie.
I also feel this way when I finish a good book. It's bittersweet. That's what makes a great book, in my opinion. I don't want to leave the world.
There hasn’t been a movie before that I’ve looked forward to as much as that one. So, of course, we had to go as soon as it opened.
Some thoughts on it… It did veer from the book, but movies and books are different animals. You can “get away” with a lot more in a book than you can in a movie. So, the differences don’t bother me. It’s mostly important to me that a movie adaptation capture the tone of the book, rather than a point by point breakdown of the storyline.
I think that a big misconception was that Peter Jackson (the director) was just adapting The Hobbit, and that alone, but he was actually doing something bigger. He used appendices and other writings of Tolkien, and then he made some creative choices of his own, based on what we can infer from all the information to make a fuller story, along the same line as the Lord of the Rings.
On that note, one of my favorite parts of the film was the conflict with the Necromancer (Sauron). Not in the book, but it worked.
Another one of my favorite things about the movie was the final song. A perfect ending to the film, as well as the entire Middle-earth saga. You should definitely click here to listen to it:
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King.