I’m down with this argument in defense of the Hobbit movie.
…if you want your children to imbibe the aesthetic feel of Tolkien and embrace his theology of mystery and grace, then read Tolkien to them, for crying out loud. If you want to watch a bunch of orcs get their heads handed to them, on the other hand, then go see the movie. There’s no need to constrain one with the other.
I mean, it’s not like JRR Tolkien didn’t know what a movie was; in fact, I’m pretty sure that writing a book that could be put on the screen with minimal changes was at the bottom of the list. And I also expect that Tolkien would be comfortable about Peter Jackson switching things around if a) Jackson was respectful to the core material and b) Tolkien still got paid. I assume b) was taken care off, and as for a)…
Yeah, I think that we’re good, there.
“Look, it’s not like The Hobbit is Holy Scripture. It’s not even, last I checked, part of the Apocrypha….” tmblr.co/ZJWtayddFpZH
— Kevin Holtsberry (@kevinholtsberry) February 7, 2013