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October 18th, 2012, 14:14
I think you're confusing non-burbyfarty and respectful treatment of Tolkien with Heavy Metal Hobbit.

Then again, that's hardly a surprise

The Hobbit SHOULD be light-hearted and it SHOULD be a charming film. But I don't think it needs to involve constant comic relief and juvenile humor.

There's a place for that - but not where Tolkien is the source material. Then again, that's just me.

The way Jackson handled the Shire sequence in FotR is exactly how it should be done. There was great warmth in that sequence - and a very obvious admiration for the source material and the characters.

Not how he handled Gimli and Merry/Pippin in the later films. They were essentially comic relief first, and characters with a genuine personality second. Quite contrary to what Tolkien obviously intended for his characters.
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