Saturday, April 5, 2014

Latest News: The Hobbit There and Back Again

The Hobbit: the Desolation Of Smaug is available to own on instant HD at Amazon, and will be available in stores Tuesday, April 8. There is still no definite word on when the first trailer for the third film is to come out, however, we know the main substance of the film: the epic Battle Of the Five Armies. Sauron has gathered the orcs and is marching to destroy Middle Earth; the Elves, Dwarfs, Wizards, Eagles and humans must rally together to defeat them. Usually, it's a bad comment to say the film wildly diverges from the book--and there are certainly Tolkien fans who would say that--however, a film is always its own work of art, separate from the book: first because there are two separate artists interpreting the material (the first artist is the author, the second artist is the group of film makers) and, secondly, because there are things which can be accomplished in print that can not be accomplished on the screen, whereas there are things which can be accomplished on the screen that one can't even begin to consider for print. Having established these reasons for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit series being different from JRR Tolkien's book, those who have read the book "know" what to expect, but that doesn't mean Jackson and company won't put their own spin on it: case in point, Thorin Oakenshield. Tolkien doesn't go into his character as much as Jackson does, but Jackson has his reasons, as we will explore, but will Thorin's story end the same way as it does in the book? 
Well, this is rather disheartening news: the third installation of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: There and Back Again, "doesn't even exist," according to producer and co-writer Philippa Boyens, discussing the project with Empire Online news. “Pete’s cutting it," she said in answer to questions, "As an entity, it’s coming together. Actually that’s not true - we have a rough assembly, so to speak, of the shape of the film and the performances. I am excited, because one of the storylines I care a lot about is the Thorin one." She also addressed why the second film ends the way it does, but more importantly, that splitting up the Dwarf Company--leaving part of them with Kili in Lake Town--gives a perspective to the destruction Smaug will cause there.
One of the big questions plaguing fans is, "Does Bilbo have the Arkenstone?" and my answer is yes. After I get the post for Captan America: the Winter Soldier up, I will then do The Hobbit the book, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation Of Smaug; all three posts are close to being done, rather like Jackson's film, but there is a controversial line of analysis I have been thinking over that I think I finally have solved that surprises even me, namely, that it's not Bilbo Baggins who is the main character of the book/films, rather, Bard the human of Lake Town, and all the characters--including Biblbo, Gandalf and Thorin--are just fragments of Bard's own soul that each symbolize a spiritual journey they are on so Bard can kill the dragon Smaug. I am working out a rather complex visual to go with it, so that's why I don't have it done yet, among time restraints.
So, whereas I hoped the trailer for The Hobbit: There and  Back Again would be attached to The Transformers: Age Of Extinction (opening in July) just because it's a huge film lots of people are apt to go and see, but we might not see the trailer until August; however, we know enough of the film has been ensembled for a trailer because of reports from CinemaCon and the trailer shown there, including Gandalf saying that the time had come to pick which side you are on (things will probably get pretty nasty in the circle of wizards). Anyway, the three posts I owe you on The Hobbit are forthcoming, and there is a tremendous amount of symbolically-rich material for us to sort; in fact, I would even go so far as to say that The Hobbit (in both book and celluloid format) is the very reason for us to sharpen our skills at decoding and decrypting because of all the incredible discoveries we are going to make. In the meantime, enjoy watching this short but engrossing video of what Benedict Cumberbatch contributed to bring Smaug alive:
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