Like when he rides off at bunny-speed to lead away the wargs/orcs, but TURNS AROUND and brings them right back to the party. Makes sense, eh?
That was illogical, indeed.
This review sums up most of my feelings. I am severely disappoint.
Ignoring the criticism of LOtR (I agree omission the Cleanings in Shire chapter was a bad move since it was my favourite part of the books) what is Jackson to blame for? That he ignored boring parts when nothing really happened in the Mirkwood or in Thranduil's prison? Or the fact that he wanted to show what Gandalf was doing all that time? Kudos to him!
I don't mind showing what Gandalf's doing (variably, some is OK others are not) or the speeding-up of Mirkwood/prison, but I do greatly dislike: 1) the action scenes, 2) much of the filler/Jackson material (e.g. the revamping of Lake-town into an underground revolution). I think what I dislike the absolute most is that Jackson is making the Hobbit into LOTR 1.0 when it is not. The Hobbit does not have the feeling, atmosphere, or really much of anything that LOTR has in terms of tone/direction, but Jackson is forcing it to. He makes up this orc side-story so they're being chased the whole way just like the Fellowship in LOTR being hunted. He makes it an unnecessary trilogy, and reworks many scenes and makes them more action-driven than they are or even need to be for movie-efficiency.
IOW, he completely changes the essence of the Hobbit into the LOTR.
I actually like the fact that he's doing this. If you don't like Peter Jackson's darker, more sophisticated view of The Hobbit
, you can just stick to the book and never watch the movies. I'm not a child, though--I'm an adult fan of Middle Earth--so I enjoy reading the back story into The Hobbit
even when I read the book. The only difference I see between Peter Jackson's rendition and my own interpretation is that Peter Jackson has developed his own version of the back story. The Hobbit
was indeed written for an audience of children, but for its adult readers, it also contains a lot of portents of much darker times to come, darker times that are the subject of LOTR. I appreciate Peter Jackson for exploring this connection and making his version of The Hobbit
a LOTR prequel.