Well, I’ve been glowing with happiness over The Hobbit ever since it came out, and I’m looking forward to seeing it a fourth time tomorrow.
I think time will show that The Hobbit trilogy is a masterpiece and a pioneering work of cinema. As a whole, it’s going to be better than LOTR. I surely hope that other people will come around by the end of the trilogy, but even if they don’t, it doesn’t matter.
However, the criticism that has surfaced lately has been dismaying to me. It’s not that it bothers me that people don’t like this first movie. Some people just won’t like it because it’s not the kind of story that speaks to them in a way they understand. What bothers me is the sense that people who call themselves critics are just being negative for negativity’s sake. Apparently, these critics think it’s just plain fun to dis a moviemaker who is well-known, successful and talented.
I’m sure Peter Jackson has already suffered through this issue with past movies, and learned not to let it get to him too much. When you make a work of art, you have to be true to your vision. It’s hard to be criticized, but you can’t please everyone.
As an audience member, though, it really makes me wonder what good a critic is. I mean, a critic should be someone who is educated about the subject on which he or she is offering criticism. They should be good analyzers and good communicators. They should be fair. When I read their review, I should be able to decide if I share their taste in movies. But why should I waste my time on a critic who just wants to trash something for the hell of it? I’ve seen too many ignorant reviews lately, and they make me tired.
So I enjoyed The Hobbit, and ain’t nobody gonna rain on my parade.
As far as Richard Armitage is concerned, my heart is warmed by his statement that even if there had been no movie at all coming out of his Hobbit experience, it would have been a success for him. I think that’s exactly the right attitude for an actor to have: It’s the journey, it’s the life and learning that’s happened along the way, that really matters. As Gandalf says, all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
I loved seeing RA on the screen. I think he’s done a wonderful job as Thorin–better than wonderful. Magnificent, amazing, breathtaking.
And no one can take that away from me.