Look: I did not care for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, nor did I even care for Tolkien’s books. I’m not trying to troll or anything: I’m just not that guy. The whole thing — movies and books — was like a tedious exercise of my patience. Walk-fight-walk-fight-run-fight-run-fight-ring!
However, I did really enjoy Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It was a fast-read, enjoyable, and didn’t have the bloat I associate with Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, it seems, Peter Jackson is a huge fan of the bloat, and the studio is a big fan of the money that comes with the bloat, which is why The Hobbit has been turned into three movies (3). By my calculation, that means that every single page of The Hobbit gets a minute of screentime.
Anyway, on the week that is the 75th Anniversary of Tolkien’s series, we get a new trailer for The Hobbit. It looks gorgeous. Martin Freeman seems perfect, and there’s even doses of humor. Yet, even the trailer still tries my patience.