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  •  You can sell (11+ / 0-)

    just as many toys with a shorter movie than a longer one.

    Not sure why "it's really long" has to mean "they're trying to sell toys". Disney has sold plenty of merchandise based on The Incredibles, to name just one of their one-off movies.

    As I mention upthread, too many people seem to believe that the movie The Hobbit is supposed to cover just the book of that same name. It's not. It's a much more ambitious project that pulls in from much of the broader mythology of that time period as detailed in other Tolkien pieces. And that's a good thing, because the Hobbit itself, while perhaps a delightful little tale, is quite a trite story compared to the epicness of LoTR.

    Who gives a shit that some dwarves want their gold back, when in three generations entire dwarf nations will be wiped out, not to mention the fate of the world will hang in the balance. Well, turns out there was more going on, and Jackson is making sure we know it.

    •  Well put. This trilogy is much more ambitious... (7+ / 0-)

      ...then just about some dwarves trying to get their version of Scrooge McDuck's money bin back. This is about the lead-up to the epic war of the orginal trilogy and the events that set that into motion (Sauron's return to Morder, the finding of the Ring, etc.).

      Personally, I really liked the film and wasn't bored by it at any moment. And the riddle game between Bilbo and Gollum (my favorite part of the book) was as fantastic as I hoped it would be. Gollum looks better than ever and Andy Serkis and company really have his split personality down cold. Like this exchange:

      "Oh, we knows the way out! Safe passage in the dark - Shut up!"

      "I didn't say anything."

      "Wasn't talking to you!"

    •  You probably have much better luck.. (0+ / 0-)

      selling toys if you keep you movie down to around 80 minutes because that is about the maximum attention span of the kids who still want toys.

      Never argue with a fool, they will lower you to their level and then beat you with experience.

      by God loves goats on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:08:34 PM PST

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    •  This. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm amazed at how many people aren't understanding that the movies aren't just about the kid's book called "The Hobbit." It's about a whole lot more.

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