The Silmarillion + Peter Jackson = ?

I think that Peter Jackson did a fairly good job with The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings were perhaps even better. Still, I don't think that I would be too happy if Peter Jackson decided make a movie of The Silmarillion (if, of course, Christopher Tolkien would give his consent, which is highly unlikely...). I've done some thinking on this matter and from being rather positive I've changed my opinion. To tell the truth, Peter Jackson is one of the last persons I would now like to see as the director of The Silmarillion. The Silmarillion needs a director who can focus on the beauty, the love and the development of the characters amidst all the tragic and fighting. I don't think that Peter Jackson is able to do that. He focus waaay to much on the fighting sequences. I will admit that he has done a great job with the surroundings and would probably do that if he was to do The Silmarillion as well. Unfortunately, doing a great job with the surroundings isn't sufficent.
   Part of the problem is The Silmarillion itself. This book (or several books...) isn't written to make a good movie. It's way to long and the dramaturgy isn't quite the one Hollywood is too fond of. The pace is, for the one who isn't familiar with Tolkien's works, perhaps too slow and the entire story too dense. If PJ would make a movie of Silmarillion I think that he would choose a part of it, perhaps the story of Húrin or Beren and Lúthien. The problems I see is that he would focus too much on the fighting, forgetting all beauty and tragic, and also simplifies the entire story (which I even think he did on The Hobbit. It's like he takes for granted that no one has read the story or knows the background so he feels like he need to explain everything. But since it's kind of hard to explain so much in so little time he simplifies it too much and makes the story less good (for the ones who has actually read it) than it could've been).
  If The Silmarillion would be a movie I would say it perhaps needed 5 movies? More than one at least. I'm wondering whether Silmarillion would do better as a TV-serie instead of a movie? I haven't seen A Game of Thrones yet, but I'm planning to do that soon. I know that A Song of Ice and Fire is quite different from The Silmarillion but perhaps it would work? The pace could be slower and I think it would be easier to explain things without simplifing them. I will watch A Game of Thrones and see if they succeeded with translating the books to a tv-serie. If not, perhaps I need to reconsider the things I've written above.
 
Love,
Erunyauvë

Fears for the upcoming movies

I was overall quite pleased with how The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey turned out and I believe that Peter Jackson and Company will do just as good with the other two movies. However, I've got some fears I would like to share with you.
 
Legolas' fighting
As much as I like Legolas I don't want him to have a bigger role than he ought to have. Legolas' fighting sequences in The Lord fo the Rings trilogy - first the one with the balrog, then the one in Helm's Deep and finally the one where he took down an oliphaunt - became very popular and I wonder if PJ will embrace this and use Legolas' fighting skills in the two upcoming movies. Maybe he will rescue the dwarves from the spiders? Or perhaps he will show off some cool moves in the Battle of Five Armies? Either way I'm a bit nervous for the outcome.
 
The Wood Elves
In the Lord of the Rings (extended edition) Legolas claims that he has never tasted wine before. I've always wondered if the Wood Elves are going to drink wine (when the dwarves are escaping) or if they are going to solve this in another way. One part of me hope that they are going do it as the book says, but another part of don't want the movies to be contradictory. Well, either way it'll be interesting to see what they'll do.
 
Tauriel/Romance
This entire this with Tauriel disturbs me. First of all, I don't believe in the consept of throwing in female characters in the movie just because the book is lacking some - I can do perfectly well without female elves. Secondly, this rumour about Tauriel falling in love with one of the "Hot Dwarves" is quite annoying. Don't interpret me wrong, I don't have anything against women or romance - but this movie will be a great movie without throwing in a bunch of characters and letting them fall in love with each other.
 
The Battle of Five Armies
I've already mentioned The Battle of Five Armies but my worrying brain isn't finished yet. The first time I watched The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I quite fancied the battles. But after that first time I thought they took up too much time and became boring. I guess it's OK if you're only going to see the movie once but I love re-watching movies and I don't want the last movie to be one big battle sequence. I'm a bit worried about this, Peter Jackson has after all shown a tendency to focus way to much on the fighting and less on the beautiful small things....
 
OK, now I've complained way too much. I quite like parody songs, especially if they've got anything to do with The Hobbit and I thought this one was funny
 

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