1. Julie D says:

    There’s a joke going around that The Hobbit is Gandalf’s trial run at returning a King to his throne. I hadn’t thought about the “realism” of either attempt, but the skepticism of the Lake-Master could be contrasted with Denethor’s attitude towards Aragorn (though the movie gives Aragorn a totally different attitude than the book).

  2. And here’s this, from Variety‘s new (and spoiler-laden) review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

    At a certain point, “The Desolation of Smaug” becomes a veritable treatise on the different geopolitical factions of Middle-earth: the elves with their hostile, isolationist stance; the humans of Laketown with their desire for prosperity, democracy and ethical governance; and the dwarfs with their yearning for a once-glorious ancestral homeland.

    So far at least these elements of the film sound like faithful adaptation of the source material — which, at this point in the story, is quite “grown-up” stuff.

What do you think?