Let me be as blunt yet precise about this as possible: If you are a Tolkien fan, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug sucks.
I am not making an unqualified statement about the cinematic merit of the film. I am simply speaking as a long-time Tolkien fan.
I bristled at The Two Towers when elves showed up at Helm’s Deep; I rolled my eyes when Arwen (not Elrond) told Aragorn to take the Paths of the Dead. I was disgusted at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when they concocted the ongoing feud between Azog and Thorin.
But in The Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson takes his artistic liberties to obscene heights, primarily through the wholly-fabricated character of Tauriel.
I came out of the movie Thursday night with one question about Tauriel:
What. the. hell?
First off, there is no female wood elf in Tolkien’s world. Sure, we can assume that, since there are Sindar female elves and Noldor female elves, and since the wood elves procreate, there are female elves, but there is no specific female elf character. At least Azog existed (he killed Thorin’s grandfather, but was shortly thereafter killed himself). At least there were elven warriors that could’ve fought at Helm’s Deep, and at least Arwen existed and loved Aragorn.
But Tauri f’in el?
Give me a break. That is political correctness run wild.
But it gets worse: She’s the captain … Read the rest