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Hobbit movie is not a bad fantasy epic.

Is not, unfortunately, The Hobbit. The Hobbit is a morality tale with some very specific values; it does not involve active combat breaking out every five minutes.

And it definitely does not involve Bilbo killing anyone. In the first third of the story (if we count all three movies).

It also isn't supposed to be the story of Emo Dwarf, I mean, Thorin Oakenshield's Coming Of Age journey. And while I understand fleshing things out with other things happening at the same time, Radagast's portrayal is ridiculous. He should be no more comic relief than Gandalf should. Why Jackson/the actor chose to take Sauruman's word for Radagast's behavior rather than Gandalf's, I don't know.

That said: It's still a good movie, and an exciting fantasy epic, but it's just plain not The Hobbit. That might be all to the good. Tolkien himself (I am told) acknowledged that The Hobbit was basically (in its place as a story existing in the narrative history of a fictional world) was probably a children's retelling of a story (however accurate) existing in the -historical- narrative, and probably a lot less ...nice. This might very well be that 'original', as it were.

But it is not, and can not be, The Hobbit. I recommend it to fans of the LotR movies, but Tolkien purists like myself should be warned to adjust your expectations to enjoy the movie. This is not The Hobbit - but it may be a closely related tale.

ETA: If anyone goes to see the movie after seeing this, please do me a favor, and watch the opening scenes of Dale closely - I thought I saw what was intended to be a female dwarven vendor in a Dale marketplace, very very briefly.
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I had a longer post, but most of it was boring.

Karate Kid: Good movie. Solid on its own, not just as a remake.

Best part: Dre's hair and his mother's hair. I love it. It was one of the first things I noticed about their characters. They have natural black hair! (Also see general lots and lots and lots of non Caucasian characters and only a couple Caucasians in perfectly appropriate secondary roles.)

Open random notes:
Dear people behind Airbender live action: Look, good ethnic child actors. Why couldn't you find any?

Dear people behind Percy Jackson movie abomination: Look, good child actors. Period. Why couldn't you find any?

ETA: I call that the best because it literally thrilled me. The movie is good, far more than just character design. But just given all the institutionalized racism... it was so -nice- to see black characters not being turned into mockeries of themselves AND allowed to not try to look white!
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Has anyone else seen The Legend of Zorro? I'd like to discuss with someone and see if they caught some of the same dogma I did. (Please don't post any spoilers in the comments here, just for the sake of politeness.)

(By the way, if anyone cares about my opinion of the movie: Swashbuckling goodness, suspension of belief needs shoring up in a couple places, and a certain condecension to the modern American viewer, assuming that we are incapable of understanding the society of then and making the "Good" characters rather ahead of their time. Plus, afore mentioned dogma. Still, over all, might be worth the trip to the theater, if you like swashbuckling goodness.)

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