Soapbox: 20 Things That Make No Sense About The Hobbit Trilogy

All of these plot inconsistencies really weighed Bilbo down…

Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films arguably constitute the finest fantasy trilogy ever made. Accessible to newcomers while remaining largely faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, The Lord of the Rings movies married incredible spectacle and stunning visuals with genuine, heartfelt emotion.

When it was announced that Jackson would return to Middle-earth to helm a prequel trilogy based around The Hobbit, fan expectations were understandably high. Unfortunately, although the The Hobbitfilms were wildly successful commercially, the reaction from audiences was far more lukewarm this time around.

The more charitable verdict is that – although the films have their moments – they’re a misguided attempt to transform a brief children’s tale into a sweeping saga for adults.

To be fair, Jackson had his work cut out for him, as the The Hobbit is a deceptively difficult book to adapt. In addition to its lighter, more juvenile tone, it also has 15 core cast members, 13 of whom are near-identical dwarves!

Nevertheless, other issues with the films seem avoidable – and chief among these is just how often they flat-out fail the logic test.

With this in mind, here are 20 Things That Make No Sense About The Hobbit Trilogy.

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Soapbox: 20 Things That Make No Sense About The Hobbit Trilogy

Review: Sherlock – The Abominable Bride

A Sherlock Holmes story set in the Victorian era? What a novelty!

“The Abominable Bride” – the Christmas special of the BBC’s hit series Sherlock – first aired a week ago today.

I’m such a huge fan of showrunners Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective that for the last seven days I’ve been digesting this latest episode in much the same way Sherlock Holmes himself broods over a case (except, y’know, without resorting to cocaine).

So in the end, what have I deduced?

Well, my final conclusion was that this movie-length entry in the series was a bit like Sherlock himself: it certainly is brilliant, but it’s also almost too clever for it’s own good.

At the same time, its ambition should be praised, even if the result is an episode that’s ultimately less than the sum of its parts.

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