At 11/25/12 09:08 AM, Mismo wrote:
Also so what if dwarves look deformed and a bit cartoonish. When I read the book that's pretty much how I imagined the different dwarves to look like.
I guess I'm just disappointed in the childish direction that they seem to be going with The Hobbit. The book is for all ages, but the movie looks geared far more towards children than anyone else. The dwarves are somber and old in the book, prone to grumbling, but not head butting each other and throwing food around. I don't see why they wouldn't make the dwarves look more like Gimli from the LotR movies; instead, most of them look young, hardly any of them have any wrinkles or real beards to speak of (Thorin is oldest of them all, and yet he looks like a young man), and it ruins any sense of reality that the movie could have going for it. One of the things I like best about the LotR movies is how fantasy and reality are blended so well.
At 11/25/12 08:45 AM, Ryanson wrote:
Except... in a few still shots, or I guess promo images, of Gollum... he doesn't seem right. Doesn't look as creepy as he could look, especially at this point in the story. They seem to try to make him look softer and kinder. His eyes especially look way too nice for him, all big and blue.
This is even more evidence of the childish direction of this movie. Sure, maybe they just wanted Gollum to look appropriately younger, but I bet they just don't want to scare off their target audience with a creepy cave dwelling creature, so they smoothed him out and made him look more harmless, less desperate, and overall softer like you said.
Hopefully, the trailers make it look worse than it really is, but I have a feeling that any potentially serious scene, such as the goblin dungeons (will they even include Gandalf's slaying of the chief goblin?), will be spoiled by comedic relief in order to keep the overall mood of the movie light, which would absolutely ruin it for me because the book is much more than just a happy fairytale.