I am excited about The Hobbit movies. I have wanted to see them brought to the big screen ever since The Lord of the Rings movies were released. But I’m that annoying person who reads the book before I see the movie and then complains about how the story was changed. As the years have gone by, I’ve been able to come to terms with the changes that drove me nuts in LOTR. Of course by “come to terms,” I mean that I no longer drive my friends and family crazy by telling them everything that is wrong with the movies, and there was a lot to complain about.
The changes made to the character of Famamir was one of the most frustrating. In the books he was the exact opposite of his brother Boromir. He was wise, strong, and resolute. He never wavered in regards to the ring…he even understood that there was no way it should be taken to Minas Tirith. I remember feeling like the screen writers had betrayed the character when I first saw The Two Towers. They made the character an echo of his brother. While he never actually tried to take the ring from Frodo in the movie, he still intended to use the ring for his own purposes.
Why bring this up now? Thanks to having read this article on Wired.com, it is all fresh in my mind. The article addresses concerns that Peter Jackson and his writing partners will change the story or worse the characters for The Hobbit. I hadn’t thought about it much, but that clip of Gandalf and Galadriel…yeah, I can see why that might be cause for concern.
On the whole I’m not too worried. Oh, I’m sure that the poor person who ends up seeing these movies will get to hear about all of the ways the story was messed up (Don’t worry, I’ll only go with someone who knows and accepts that this is what I do with movies adapted from books.) I’m also certain that I will love the movies in spite of the changes made. I guess this article just made me remember that I need to be prepared for some disappointment. At least the presence of Richard Armitage in the movies will help ease the frustration!