Everybody knows it's coming and that it was split into three movies and today, a new trailer for The Hobbit (An Unexpected Journey) movie was released:
My reaction each time I hear some talk about The Hobbit is that I never read the book (and that the movie looks much more interesting that I thought). I started reading it at least once or twice when I was a teen but I always felt that the book was YA Fantasy and put it back on the shelf (you can't always be right). I think I should be slightly ashamed since it's not even a long read and that's actually what I want to talk about with you. I still have ample time to read the book before the release of the first movie (December 2012, 2013 and 2014) but I'm not sure it's a good idea, or rather the good time.
I loved the LOTR movies and I think that alongside Game of Thrones, it's probably one of the best book adaptations I ever saw on screen. It's not perfect but they both are more than worthy efforts. However, in both cases, I knew exactly what was going to happen. It didn't spoil the fun but it spoiled the surprises. So, maybe I ought to wait and that idea seems to be even better when thinking about the actual material included in the movie. The Hobbit is more than he seems on more than one aspect.
Since the announcement that The Hobbit was turning out to be three movies instead of two, I have read several comments of resentful tone. For the majority of them, the problem seems to be the fact that a project telling a story meant for two movies will only be diluted by the addition of a third and that the plot will suffer from it (hard to tell but often true). For some, the problem is with the difference in length between the story from the book and the length of three movies or, to put it another way, the fact that so few material could produce so much plot elements to present in the movies. Are they right?
That being said, I can't judge that element right now. Peter Jackson is digging into appendices (mostly from Return of the King) to add more background to the Middle Earth movie experience and more potential for the three new movies. That looks like a great idea, Tolkien's world represented on screen could certainly benefit from more exploration if it can be done within the setting of The Hobbit.
Judging by the results of LOTR, I'd say that the director should be given the benefit of the doubt. Then, I'm really not sure if I want to pick up the book before watching the movies. Maybe for once, it's time to stay in the dark (at least for the parts from Tolkien's first book if not from the appendices) and hopefully enjoy the element of surprise...
What do you think? Will it be a success? Should I read it before watching the movie?