Well, Hobbit fans – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” isn’t getting real good reviews. There have been complaints about the film being too long, stuffed with scenes that needn’t be there and far too many references to the original, “The Lord of the Rings.”
Photos of “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” display images of Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom and fans want to know why it is he appears in the third of the trilogy, when he wasn’t in the source material.
Peter Jackson has an explanation:
He’s elven king Thranduil’s son and Thranduil is one of the characters in ‘The Hobbit’ and because elves are immortal, it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm.
While LOTR references have been made in “An Unexpected Journey” the start of the film, which drug on for many fans, features an intro with an aged Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
Phillipa Boyens, screenwriter, discusses the Bard’s character and how his role has been lengthened:
Bard is an interesting character but in the book, he’s kind of a random character who comes in after the fact. We take more time introducing him. We know from what follows that he was a father, so we explore that. I don’t think we take liberties because it’s all there in the storytelling.
Often the differences in a tale from book to screen don't come across the way a fan's imagination has it set. Films are also on a time scale, which sometimes means editing or lengthening of scenes occur. Many saw this in the "Harry Potter" series - certain events in the book weren't covered as much as they were detailed in the book and other parts were removed due to film length.
Here's to a good showing with "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" and hopefully the scenes that are true to the book will overshadow those they removed.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” comes to theaters on December 13, 2013. “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” hits theaters on July 18, 2014.