3 comments on “an unexpected turnip

  1. Have only seen the first Hobbit picture so far, and have heard that the second bears little resemblance to the book. I realised with An Unexpected Journey that these films were a prequel to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings rather than a representation of The Hobbit. I enjoyed it, but it doesn’t have the tone of the book, which is more fairy tale. It’s inevitable that is the case considering that the Hobbit was made into a film later. Also, I think with novels you can set them in the same world, but go for absolutely different tones. You cannot do the same with a cinematic universe. The look of a book in your head is very different from that of a film on screen.

  2. Bah humbug!

    I liked it. It’s not a film, it’s an episode and viewed in that light, its sins are far more forgiveable. As for resembling the book, see the Sky TV Terry Pratchett adaptations for excellent examples of how bad the result can be when books are too faithfully rendered onscreen.

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